Overusing “and” and how to fix it
I often need to express something along the lines of X and Y, where Y is two things, e.g.
Cindy owns a boat and [both red and blue] cars.
Using "and" in both places is somewhat ambiguous, so I often resort to "as well as":
Cindy owns a boat as well as both red and blue cars.
This feels too wordy, and it sounds awkward if I start to use it too frequently. Is there a better solution?
This example may be too simple. Here's a more complex example (from my comment below) where the adjectives are only applicable to one of the two nouns and there's more than two adjectives:
Last summer, Joe learned about computer programming as well as Indian, Chinese, Russian and Irish culture.