You’re writing a series of items, and you’re not sure what order to put them in. Do you write “A, B, and C” or “A, C, and B”? What is the best order for items in a series?
Here are two approaches I use when evaluating the order of items in a series or list, both adapted from 300 Days of Better Writing.
APPROACH ONE: CLARITY
From the readers’ perspective, series can be confusing. They have to figure out what connects to what and where each item begins and ends. (This is one reason why I recommend putting commas after every item but the last.) Series are most confusing when some of the items are complex.