I never quite know if, following proper rules of punctuation, I need to place one or two commas in sentences such as:

We owe another, highly lucid, description of the principle to...

We owe another, highly lucid description of the principle to...

or, alternatively, whether I'm allowed to choose, with the first version being more of an 'aside', and the second stressing the 'lucid' aspect.

But I'm purely intuiting here, which is why I was hoping for some comments.

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    I don't know why you need to put any commas at all in that sentence. – Peter Shor May 23 '17 at 18:11
  • You might say your intuition in wrong, on both counts. But you should say your intuition is wrong on both counts. – Canis Lupus May 23 '17 at 18:22

This is known as the Oxford comma and most style guides support the use use of the additional comma.

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    I thought the Oxford comma was the second comma in "apples, oranges, and bananas." – Peter Shor May 23 '17 at 18:10
  • The Oxford comma (aka serial comma) is used, as @PeterShor, showed, in a list, primarily (IMO) to indicate that the last pair of list items are separate rather than a compound noun. Some folks say it's not necessary but they are wrong. – Roger Sinasohn May 23 '17 at 19:15

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