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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between lists and checklists?

I found this material online but I did not understand the difference between lists and checklists.
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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 ...
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Using colon, list and parentheses

This is an interesting structure: it has a colon, it's a list, and it boasts parentheses too. But I have doubts about the structure; is the second sentence below grammatically right? Do you have ...
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Can I have multiple question marks in one sentence? [duplicate]

When I ask multiple questions at once should I break it up into multiple sentences and capitalize the first letter at the beginning of each question(?), or should I use one question mark at the very ...
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Was or Were in a list of three [closed]

A man, a woman and a dog were in the park. or A man, a woman and a dog was in the park. ...and what's the rule please? Also, is there a difference if we write A man, woman and dog ...
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What is the name of a group of foods that are not cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient specific?

What would the name for a list of foods that are not specific to cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient? This is a question about how to precisely categorize foods using plain English. A curry is ...
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Is it correct to refer to the last 2 items in a list as “the latter two”?

For example, the phrase: I should quit trying to go to the gym on Fridays, and maybe Wednesdays and Mondays, and go on Thursdays plus any of the latter two. What the speaker is trying to say is ...
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Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? [duplicate]

Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? i.e. My first item. My second item. My third item. or My first item My second item Or what about a longer item ...
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Punctuation before “even” at the end of items in a series

What form of punctuation should precede even when it replaces and in a series? People brought a strange variety of foods to the potluck. The dishes included green bean cookies, grasshopper tacos, ...
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What is the right punctuation for a series of questions within a single sentence?

What is the right punctuation to use with a list of examples that are questions? For example: This is a list of statements from the texts that I find vague: "From what are the interiors of a ...
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Singular followed by plural list [closed]

Which is correct? Equipment is gloves and glasses. Equipment are gloves and glasses. I'm editing a book, and this translation I'm working with has been confirmed by the client, so terms cannot be ...
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Jack London's list —X, Y, and a Z and a J

On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box. There were other things on the sled—blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the ...
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Use of neither with a list of tensed verbs

There are some related tips, but I did not find any one as this. The sentence: 1) he considers himself a healthy person because he does some sport and neither smokes, drinks nor takes drugs ...
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Comma between two compound list items (“A and B, C and D”)

In an ACT Sample test, the correct answer is "I share many of the same hopes and fears, dreams and disappointments." Needing a pause isn't a solid enough argument for the ACT. What rule are they ...
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Using “and” vs “or” in a list

This has really been bothering me. Which of these is the most correct? I am against twabulation except in the cases of delivery, attack, and colorization of a twibble. I am against ...
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How should I structure sentences in a series

Lets say I have the following sentences... Cake is really bad for you. It contains a large amount of sugar. It contains common allergens. It looks silly. Additionally, lets say I wanted to ...
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How do you deal with homonyms in a list?

I was thinking about it, and, is there a proper way to deal with having homonyms in a list? Would you characterize it as one object, for example: I have two notebooks in my bag. Or would you ...
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Proper usage of “From abc to xyz” with multiple nouns

Here is an example sentence: "All of my interactions with the community, from the movie that I watched with Joe in his office, to Robert's engaging recitation about songwriting, to my hallway ...
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Punctuation using e.g. (or i.e.) and lists of examples

Example: "...folders you want to export e.g., Inbox, Sent, etc. and choose..." I'm wondering if the above sentence fragment is appropriately punctuated. I've recently started using e.g. and am myself ...
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Comma between attribute tuples [closed]

Consider the following sample sentence: Peter is pretty tolerant and mostly good-humoured, free-spirited and good to talk to. I want to say that Peter has all four attributes ("tolerant", ...
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Comma use in a list where all the items are new [closed]

Which one is appropriate: 1) He was given a new bat, ball, and glove. 2) He was given a new, bat, ball, and glove 3) He was given a new bat, a new ball, and a new glove.
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Punctuation with complete or incomplete list of items [duplicate]

Here's a situation: John, Anne, Jake, Pete...they are all from the same class. Is there any way to punctuate this sentence without using the ellipsis? Is an "and" necessary before the last item ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses ...
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mass would be lower than {their masses}

I am wondering if I am supposed to put "their masses" in this sentence: "The mass of the anhydrous salt and the water evaporated after heating would be lower than {their masses} if the compound had ...
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Do I use “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience are needed! or Monetary donations, floats, volunteers, and a big audience is needed! Which is correct: is needed or are ...
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How to paraphrase: “key questions include”?

I’m not a native English speaker and it seems I can’t find enough suitable and different phrases for introducing lists. I’m writing an abstract for a scientific conference and would like to avoid word ...
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Confusion on listing in sentences

"I hate hard candy and olives." When someone says that, does it mean they hate candy and olives that are both hard, or hard candy and non-hard olives? If the latter, then wouldn't "I hate olives and ...
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Use of semi colon in a list with only one “complex item”

I have a list that goes something like this: I am involved in all aspects of these projects: attending client meetings, material selection, compiling information, and most importantly, redesigning ...
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“(1) stop, (2) drop, (3) and roll” or “(1) stop, (2) drop, and (3) roll” [closed]

Which is correct, formally speaking, or is either acceptable based on style and consistency?
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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Where do commas fit in with regards to a list of inquiring/exclaiming quotations? [duplicate]

If one were to list several exclamatory quotations within a single sentence, where and how do commas fit in? For instance; "When children are on my lawn I like to yell, "Get away you mangy kids!", ...
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Using colon at end of a list

Although I do not know the name of the rule, I do understand that a colon is typically used to elaborate on a single thought or idea. For example: "I love all types of burritos: Californian, ...
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In a regular sentence, I could add more information by using dashes - like this - or commas ,like this, but what if I want to do that in a list?

I'm writing a story where only certain people know something about my MC. I list the people like this: Only my coaches, my best friend - Alicia, who’s also my cousin -, and her parents. I add ...
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Use of “range” and “etc”

When I use the word "range", can I end my list with "etc."? Here is my concrete sentence: "These data sets range from transport to tourism, fishery, forestry, and agriculture etc."
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How to shorten: Environmental data, geospatial data, business data

I have the sentence "These data sets span domains such as environmental data, geospatial data, business data". If I remove the repeated data i.e. "These data sets span domains such as environmental, ...
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Confusing 'and' in short lists

I am correcting technical writing for a friend of mine, and I am running into the issue of separating short lists. Example: There is a relationship between NH and CH and CH and OH. The sentence ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...
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comma vs semicolon preceding a list [duplicate]

Are lists preceded by a colon, semi-colon or something else? Today, I'm grateful for a few things: family, health, and work. Today, I'm grateful for a few things, specifically; family, ...
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Using “and” in a list with an element already containing “and” [duplicate]

I'm struggling with the following sentence in an APA format paper. I don't like the double usage of and here, but 'supply and demand' is one thing in this context. Is this correct or do I need to make ...
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How to write a pair of pairs without sounding awkward

I am attempting to write a list of pairs of people, like so: "The pairings are Bob and Jane, Joe and Mary, and Fred and Ashley." This works fine in that the comma lets you know where each pairing is ...
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Omitting common word in all but last item in a list? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if lists comprised of similar or related words/phrases can be shortened by omitting the root/suffix/word that they have in common except in the last item in the list. Examples: "We ...
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Use of semi-colons vs commas when listing items with colons

I have a list of classes (titles) which have colons as a part of the titles, in this list should I use commas or semi-colons to separate them? (there are no items which have commas internally to them) ...
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“Damage to the undercarriage; damage caused by water”

Does this phrase mean that damages to the undercarriage caused by water is not covered, OR does it mean damage to the undercarriage is not covered regardless of the cause, and that damage to the ...
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How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...