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I'm not a native english speaker. I have been taught in school that if you use a comma, you should not use and after it.

I went to university, my university teacher said the same and if he said that if i don't follow that rule, I'll fail my Toefl exam.

I was reading the FAQ of this website and i saw this

Writers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for authors, editors, reviewers, professional writers, and aspiring writers.

According to my teachers, it's a mistake, the sentence should be like this

... professional writers and aspiring writers.

But you guys know more than me since you are native speakers, so what why was i taught this rule in the first place and why does the Toefl mention it?

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migrated to ell.stackexchange.com by Neil Fein Apr 25 '13 at 3:43

This question belongs on our site for speakers of other languages learning English.

    
Grammar is off-topic here as per our FAQ, but have sent this to English Language Learners. –  Neil Fein Apr 25 '13 at 3:44

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