The specific sentence is "The man moved from Paris to London to New York." Would I separate the names of cities with commas?

  • Probably not. It's something of a personal choice issue, though.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 14 at 18:56
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    But note, if you interrupt any of them with subordinate clauses, it's probably best to use all the commas once you've got one: "He moved from Paris, his birthplace, to London, to New York." (But given "He moved from Paris to London, where he stayed for a month, to New York," I still don't feel a dire need for a comma after Paris. But if he added one more destination: "... from Paris to London, where he stayed a month, to New York, to Montana," then I'd be inclined to keep using them once I've started. So I guess I ought to offer one to Paris to be consistent.) Oct 14 at 19:51
  • Commas aren't the typographical equivalent of roasted sesame seeds, that you sprinkle over your writing to make it look more learned. I'd omit the lot. Oct 14 at 21:03
  • Discover our 10-day itinerary to travelling from London to Paris to Amsterdam by train (The Trainline, a UK rail travel site) Oct 14 at 21:55

No, commas do not belong in this sentence. The use of the word "to" precludes the use of commas.

For more information about commas, read Commas (8 Basic Uses)


The insertion of commas, such as like this

The man moved from Paris, to London, to New York.

has a big impact on the rhythm of the sentence. Even in prose this may be an effect which serves an author's purposes better (or worse) than the rhythm of the uncomma-ed version.

To my reading, and I'm not really going to argue with anyone who reads things differently, the use of commas suggests a short stop in each city before moving to the next; the absence of commas is more suggestive of a single fluid movement.

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