I have a punctuation question. In the following sentence should I use a semicolon or a comma to separate the last phrase? PAR provides point-of-sale hardware and software, mobility solutions for food safety and task management; and services to restaurants and retail. Leslie D., New Hartford, NY
Answer: Use a comma. If items in a series are separated by a comma, maintain the parallelism and do not shift to a semicolon at any point. It’s a matter of sentence structure and consistency. Note: If any item in a series of phrases has one or more internal commas, use a semicolon to separate all of the phrases.