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Is it necessary to use commas in lists before the conjunction?

I have seen many sentences like this: "Capitalism, Socialism, and Anarchism" and this: "She was happy, and cheerful" Do we have to use a comma before "and", or is it incorrect? If it is not, ...
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Plurality of verb depending on plurality of list elements

This question is also open on EL&U: “There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not? Considering the amount of controversy it aroused, I believe it's past "Learners'" ...
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Does *first of all* always go with *second of all*?

According to Ngram, first of all is twice as popular as firstly, but secondly is a hundred times more popular than second of all. When I present two points, do I have to be consistent in the choice ...
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Difference between the two positions of comma used?

I love apples, oranges, bananas and papayas. I love Aman, Akshay, Money, and Harry. What is the difference between the two statements? I have changed the position of comma used. What difference it ...
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missing commas between coordinate adjectives?

to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. As I see, in the noun phrase a mutually-agreed long-term ...
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Can I use more than one “and” in a list?

Can I use more than one "and" in a list? Which sentence is correct, and why is it correct? Thank you for reading. "I am a good person, an exemplary citizen, and I want to make the system work better."...