For questions on writing, formatting and speaking a group of connected or related items.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
23 views

Correct comma usage in a list with groups

I am writing a list of features, and am stuck on how to correctly handle the comma usage. There are, essentially, "groups" within the list that are throwing me off. I'm going to be a bit long-winded ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Does “or”, “and” at the end of a list determines meaning of the list? [closed]

I am confused with usage of "or" in a list. I found a similar question, Is it correct to use the conjunction “or” more than twice in one sentence? but this is not what I am looking for. Here is an ...
0
votes
2answers
77 views

How to compactly write a list with common words [closed]

I have a list in some technical writing, say: distributed computing, grid computing, and cloud computing. I would like to make it more compact, such as: distributed, grid, and cloud computing. But ...
0
votes
1answer
120 views

If I have a list after a single gerund, do I use “is” or “are”?

Below is my sentence. I'm pretty sure the word "knowing" is a gerund, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the only subject is "knowing" and that the linking verb should be "is", but ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Neither A nor B

As a native speaker, the basic usage of "neither" and "nor" are perfectly clear to me. However, natives may suffer from colloquial usage sounding more normal than formal grammar. I definitely have ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

When offering a list of examples that is 3-4 items long in parenthesis, how is it formatted?

When offering a list of examples, I've seen it done 4 different ways: (e.g., x, y, and z) (e.g., x, y, z) (x, y, and z) (x, y, z) Which of these is correct? Are they all okay to use? Example ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Scientific/Technical paper: enumeration/listing questions

I have a couple of questions for writing a (computer science) scientific/technical paper about the recommended style to enumerate or give a list of things. This is my current sample: Sharing IoT ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Listing independent clauses as effects in a conditional sentence [closed]

I have a sentence of the form "If X, A will B and C will D," and there is some disagreement of how to punctuate it. On one hand, it is a dependent clause followed by two independent clauses ...
0
votes
2answers
31 views

How do I write dialog where list items are prefixed with letters?

I am a little stymied by this. I have dialog with a list of reasons in it that prefixes each reason with a letter of the alphabet. How am I suppose to write this, as spoken by a character in a book? ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Correct grammar when listing objects with an attribute [closed]

I have three cars, all of them are white. I wish to form a sentence where I list the cars separately as: first, second and third, and then say they are all white. I'm unsure what is the correct form: ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

Joining a semicolon-delimited complex list to a multiple-clause sentence

Although I am in general aware of the conventions for using a semicolon as a "super-comma" to join complex list items which themselves contain commas, I have not been able to find guidelines for one ...
1
vote
3answers
29 views

List within a List

I have a list of categories which are themselves also lists. I wrote the sentence like so: These paradigms are grouped into three categories: wisdom consisting of: right view and right thought; ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Is this the right usage of respectively? Is this sentence clear?

Is this the correct use of respectively? 40% weight was placed on client evaluations, with 30%, 20%, and 10% weight attributed to manager, peer, and self-evaluations respectively. Also is it ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

Semicolon in a series of items

I wrote a sentence as follows and my editor replaced the commas with semicolons. Generally, if a list has internal punctuation the semicolon is preferred to break up the elements, but what if the ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Movie title after ':' (colon) [duplicate]

When I'm writing a sentence like this: Favorite movie: Batman Do I put Batman in italics or not?
1
vote
1answer
46 views

How to list a small group of people with short descriptions?

I was wondering how to list a small group of people, giving each of them a short description/introduction in a single sentence? (Or if that's bad practice, in multiple sentences?) Example: The A-...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Where can we find a list of English words classified by frequency of use? [closed]

I need at least the first 10 000 most commonly used words, but more would be better. It’s not a problem if the list is a little imprecise.
1
vote
3answers
46 views

Is there a word for “reorder and/or delete items of a list” [closed]

This word must not include describing the action of adding an item to a list, duplicating items, or altering items, but rather exactly a subset of the actions {rearrange, delete}. In the past, I used '...
2
votes
2answers
101 views

“One of one found item(s)”?

When talking about a subset of a filtered list of items, what is the proper way to pluralize finding only one item in the filtered set? Ex. 10 of 50 found items 1 of 25 found items 1 of 1 ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

How to write (singular, plural) a list of terms in a sentence ending with respectively [duplicate]

I want to "factorize" a term (here, distribution) in a sentence, ending with respectively. "Gaussian distribution" and "Laplacian distribution" are precise, well-defined terms of the same kind. What ...
1
vote
3answers
55 views

Negators in sentences that switch the meaning of “and” and “or”

In a sense, this is a follow up to the question Use of “and” and “or” in lists when intent is to disallow all items. An answer states "Or has the meaning of and when it is inside a negated sentence.", ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

commas and 'or' going together in a list

a. They did things that were odd, rude or illegal. b. They did things that were odd, rude**, or** illegal. Which of the above means: They did things that were either odd, or rude or illegal. (some ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Words with a property that is contradictory to their meaning

I've always been amused by words like "monosyllabic" which are self-contradictory in the sense that the word itself is not, in fact, one syllable. "Palindrome" is another example. (Palindrome, ...
1
vote
2answers
132 views

Enumeration of different parts of speech

I assume it is bad style but I'm not sure whether it is grammatically incorrect to have an enumeration with different parts of speech (for example a prepositional phrase and an adjective) like: "He ...
4
votes
1answer
81 views

Use of “and” and “or” in lists when intent is to dissallow all items

Sometimes it is unclear to me whether "or" or "and" should be used in a list. For example I have seen the following lease agreement: The dwelling may not be used for illegal activities: including ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

List with a complex item only at the end: semicolons or commas?

So, semicolons should be used to separate items in complex lists. But what if only one item contains a comma and that item is placed at the end of the list? For example: The body incorporated ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

How to properly format a list of quotes

I have an article that contains a list of negative responses to a change in design for a milk jug. I want to use their feedback as a way to enforce my point that people don't like change. I am not a ...
0
votes
2answers
57 views

Can coordinating-conjunctions be omitted from a list? [duplicate]

This is a question I've wondered for a while. Examples: I'm drained, confused, frustrated. I'm tired, lonely. Can "and" be omitted if the sentence retains its clarity?
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Singular or Plural after a List of Streets using “or”?

When writing a list of streets using "and", I can obviously pluralize. The event will take place on Maple, Walnut, and Orange Streets. When using "or", however, which is correct/best? The ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

How would one specify that Noun 2 in “[Prepositional phrase] [Noun 1] and [Noun 2]” is not an object of the prepositional phrase?

I will give an example of this problem. In fact, this example is the reason why I am asking! I am blending a quote taken from a book into an assignment on which I am currently working. (Don't worry, I ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

Usage of “in this list” - “on this list” [duplicate]

Do you use "in this list" and "on this list" in the following way? a) In this list, when talking indirectly about the contents of the list. Example: Have you participated in this list? (Not this ...
2
votes
2answers
80 views

Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Punctuation of a very complicated list

I have the following complicated list: Authenticated key exchange protocols are ubiquitous across the internet. Notable examples include Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), also known as Transport Layer ...
0
votes
0answers
56 views

List construction: a, one, another

There are many types of list constructions: first, next, then First I grabbed the rope, next I attached my harness to it, then I descended the cliff. some, others, a few: Some boats were ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Dash or parentheses in bulleted list

I have the a bulleted list with one of the bullets having additional things listed within it: .....including: - Bulk purchase and distribution of essential coffee inputs to members - fertilizer, ...
0
votes
0answers
77 views

Split words in Enumeration

When enumerating conjoined words that share a common (the last) part, do you apply the same "splitting-" pattern in English as you would do in German, which is for instance: This chapter is about ...
2
votes
2answers
31 views

I need to know how to use quotation marks within a list [duplicate]

How do I punctuate this? She said, "How many are there?", "What is his name?", and "When can she get there?"
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Alphabetic analogue of Numero sign (№)?

I'm typing up a spreadsheet that organises a television series's storyline, and the columns are supposed to be in the following format: . Is there an ordinal indicator I can put there where it says [...
-1
votes
1answer
53 views

Can I refer to the object of the previous list item with “it”?

Is it ambiguous to use it to refer to the dog in the following sentence? I was seen driving the car, hitting the dog, and burying it.
0
votes
1answer
76 views

Adjectives modifying a list

"The Bank's information department is responsible for the related system maintenance, obstacle removal and backup process." Does the adjective "related" modify all three items in the list or only ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

A better way to phrase this sentence, (list of comparisons), without placing unintended emphasis on the first list item?

I have the following sentence... This power of information, privacy, is the foundation of our ability to have a different relationship with our teachers than we do our friends, our partners, and our ...
-2
votes
1answer
84 views

What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
-2
votes
3answers
67 views

Listing options [closed]

How could the following list be improved: You must either; a) signup for x, or b) signup for y, or c) pay for z.
1
vote
1answer
179 views

Alphabetising. How would you arrange names, organisation and publications correctly in one list? [closed]

I want to list twenty people, organisations and journals on one 'Thank you' page. Should individual names be listed by the first letter of their last name and the organisations and journals by the ...
0
votes
1answer
283 views

How to punctuate “from [this is a list] to [this is a list]”?

Here is an example of my specific sentence and a few idea's I've come up with. I experienced art in a variety of mediums, ranging from the traditional—gallery art and theater—to the informal—...
0
votes
1answer
107 views

Writing a list with different levels of importance [closed]

The following sentence has a list with three levels of importance with each level having a list of items. Common carbonate minerals, mainly calcite and dolomite, to a lesser extent ankerite, and in ...
0
votes
2answers
922 views

Using 'such as' or a list mid list in academic writing

How do I add additional information to an item within a list without making it seem unclear? The cars in the lot were bright colours such as red, many models such as Ford and Toyota, and missing ...
1
vote
2answers
99 views

What is the difference between lists and checklists?

I found this material online but I did not understand the difference between lists and checklists.
0
votes
0answers
16 views

How is the rule with the ending comma in sequences in a sentence? [duplicate]

Saying an English sentence with a listing or sequence of several terms, there will always be a comma in between each term and it will end with an "and" before the last term. My question is, should ...