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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

My abilities to work as a part of a team, to lead a group of people, to have the courage to admit my mistakes and learn from them are the best qualities I would bring with me to the program.

There are two specific questions:

  • Because I am using abilities, I need to use are in the end. Is this correct?
  • Should "learn from them" be "to learn from them" to preserve parallelism?
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Does the list have three members or four? That is, are "admit my mistakes" and "learn from them" two entries, or one? –  Monica Cellio Feb 1 '12 at 1:13
    
@Monica: Them in learn from them makes it clear that this phrase refers to an antecedent (namely mistakes in admit my mistakes). –  Daniel Feb 1 '12 at 1:30
    
@Danielδ, that's my guess but if so an "and" is missing, which is why I asked. –  Monica Cellio Feb 1 '12 at 2:13
    
@MonicaCellio: It has three in my opinion but yes, as Daniel pointed it out, at least that was the intended meaning. –  Legend Feb 1 '12 at 2:32
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Welcome to ELU! This comes under "Please proofread my document" in the FAQ. –  MετάEd Feb 1 '12 at 15:59
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Yes, are modifies abilities, and is correct. I would not put to before learn (though it would be grammatically correct) since then it could easily become confused as a fourth "ability". I would, however, have an and before the last "ability" in order to make clear that it is the last of the list:

My abilities to work as a part of a team, to lead a group of people, and to have the courage to admit my mistakes and learn from them are the best qualities I would bring with me to the program.

You could also combine learn from and admit to render the meaning even clearer:

My abilities to work as a part of a team, to lead a group of people, and to have the courage to admit and learn from my mistakes are the best qualities I would bring with me to the program.

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Wow... Perfect! Thank you very much for your time. –  Legend Feb 1 '12 at 2:30
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