The sentence is as follows: I work in disaster management and prevention, and international aid and development.

2 Questions: Can a list include just two entries as above? Can the Oxford comma be used in a two entry list as above?

Google is struggling to answer this but I believe the above is correct.

  • I personally avoid the Oxford Comma and would rewrite the above as "I work in disaster management & prevention as well as international aid & development." You can always rephrase a sentence to make clear what you are trying to say. See this Grammarly blog entry. – MikeJRamsey56 Jul 20 '17 at 14:28
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    I find it difficult to believe that Google is struggling to answer this. The very first line in the Wikipedia article specifically says “a series of three or more”. So no, the Oxford or serial comma cannot be used in a ‘list’ of two things like this. As Yosef says, though, a normal, disambiguating comma can. Personally, I’d rephrase: “I work in disaster management and prevention, as well as in international aid and development”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 20 '17 at 14:28
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    Wikipedia is not known for being 100% accurate. Oxfords site does not specify the number of entries in the list. – Mark Jul 20 '17 at 14:30
  • @MikeJRamsey56 You are right, splitting the sentence like that is preferable. I was trying to shorten the sentence but it may be for the best. I am restricted to a very small word count but needs must. – Mark Jul 20 '17 at 14:33
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    Alternately: I work in disaster management and prevention, and in international aid and development. – Davo Jul 20 '17 at 16:26

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