Can I replace the COMMA with AND in the following sentence?

He was a difficult, stubborn child.

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Yes, the sentence

He was a difficult and stubborn child.

would be grammatical. The first form with the comma is probably more common. There is no significant difference in meaning.

  • Thanks! one of my friends told me that using a comma makes sentences more formal. Is that true?
    – Jelly_Fish
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 13:27
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    @Jelly_Fish It is arguable both ways and could depend on context. For what it's worth, I have written many formal papers and I would never use and in this case, however, in general I would not expect someone to consider one or the other more formal.
    – Eli Harold
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 15:41
  • @Jelly_Fish Both forms are valid. I agree with Eli Harold that neither can be picked out as "more formal". Which to use is a matter of style. Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 16:39

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