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I find it interesting to add comma into this sentence, but I do not know how to make it right.

The first one: Shely likes to eat cakes, apples, and wear red skirts, green hats, and white jeans. The second one: Shely likes to eat cakes and apples and wear red skirts, green hats, and white jeans.

So, which would you think it more appropriate?

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  • Prefer the second (although many people would omit the Oxford comma) grammarly.com/blog/… Dec 29, 2020 at 22:49
  • @RonaldSole I feel there's a subtle difference between "green hats, and white jeans" and "green hats and white jeans". The second implies she likes to wear all 3 things at once (multiple skirts, multiple hats and the jeans) whereas the first separates them a little bit more, so as to suggest that these are the things she likes, singly. Dec 29, 2020 at 22:57
  • @PrimeMover I wouldn't argue with that. Dec 29, 2020 at 23:01

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Neither. This is better than both:

"Shely likes to eat cakes and apples, and wear red skirts, green hats, and white jeans."

It is important to separate the two thoughts: things she likes to eat (cakes and apples) and things she likes to wear (the other stuff).

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  • I think this is good, but until now I have not found a grammar book write about it.
    – MilkyWay
    Dec 30, 2020 at 8:06

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