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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are”

The following sentence appears in a letter I am editing: If this date and time are not convenient please contact me at ... Structurally, this seems okay, but it feels very awkward. Shouldn't it ...
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Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns

This is one thing I never really bothered looking into, but have always been unsure of. punching, kicking, slapping or slashing [is/are] strictly prohibited That's what I'm trying to determine. ...
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Which is grammatical, “the softness and sweetness [was/were] perfect”?

which is grammatically fine to use? The softness and sweetness of rice [was/were] perfect.
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Using a comma before “and” in a list [duplicate]

I am confused as to when commas are supposed to be used before the conjunction and. This question answers it but I am still a bit confused. For instance the following two sentences: I am ...
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survivors list grammar question

Obituaries often include lists with this grammatical structure: John Doe is survived by his children, Steve Doe and his wife, June; Will Doe and his wife, Janet; Susan Richards and her husband, ...
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“Need” vs. “needs” after a list [duplicate]

Is it need or needs? Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road need your support. Highway 68 and Robinson Canyon Road needs your support. I voted needs.
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The use of the colon before enumerations

I would like to check the correctness of two constructions containing enumerations. The first one is as follows. Let us note the following two aspects: First, here comes the first aspect. Second, ...
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Use of the possessive apostrophe in a list

If I was to label something The Poets and Painters' Distillery do I only apply the possessive apostrophe after 'Painters' as in the text written above, or do I also need to apply one to ...
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How do you properly punctuate a list of expresssions?

If I'm listing expressions in a sentence, do I put the proper punctuation for the sentence as well as a comma after the expression? For example: Objectives To learn to use the expressions "Would ...
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How do I list within a sentence? [closed]

I want to list 3 things within a sentence in an article, and I don't want to use multiple lines. Is the following OK? "I need to get 3 things from the supermarket: a) eggs, b) milk and c) coffee" ...
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Does this sentence call for an additional “for”?

I'm confronted with two compelling options: I want to be at least partially responsible for getting them to think differently, or inspiring them to earnestly investigate new topics. I want to ...
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How to use quotes in a list with commas

This is a sentence that I wrote: In the text, words such as greenbacks, ironclads, and blockade were used. However, I think there should be quotations around the words. How would I place them? ...
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Ambiguous “inline” enumerations

I am currently writing a thesis in computer science and have stumbled upon an interesting ambiguity that I would like to better understand. Consider the following sentence: The importance of this ...
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Plurals in titles of lists regardless of number of items

Not sure how to describe it, so here is an example. This looks right, even though “tests which failed” has only one item in the list: Tests which failed Test #1 Tests which passed ...
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Singular or Plural Before List? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a list of features available in my product, and I'm confused what the title should be: Should I say "Features List" (features are plural) or "Feature List" (feature is singular). ...
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“Firstly, secondly” vs. “Firstly, lastly” when listing just two points

Normally, if we which to illustrate our points, we can use firstly, secondly, lastly (or last but not least or finally). There are a few pieces of information we need to notice: Firstly, ...
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What punctuation should follow after a list introduced by a colon?

The whole department: John, Jeff, Jean, and the accountant [?] were thrown into jail.
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What should be taken into account? The verb or the list? [duplicate]

Watching Nat Geo, religious rituals on Youtube, and the full series of Saw back to back has exponentially increased my resilience. Is this sentence correct? I am confused as to whether I should ...
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Is it okay to use a colon within a bulleted list?

Question 1: Are colons allowed in a list? Business writing skills: data entry, email, presentation and press release writing. Question 2: Should there be only one and in a sentence?
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Semicolon as a super-comma preceding “etc.”

I was wondering which punctuation to use preceeding etc. in an enumeration with semicolons as supercommas (as formulated here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon). People with dichromatic ...
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What is the most succinct way of listing requests in a grammatically correct syntax/format?

When I am having a conversation with a a friend, I might say something like this That's a great idea, but I wonder if 'A' you have the time, 'B' you can get enough buyers and 'C' the buyers will ...
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Is the last comma in “A, B, and C, do X” correct? [duplicate]

Does the following sentence require a comma after the word "meal?" Quizzing the waiter, complaining about the menu, and criticizing the meal, detract from your advocacy.
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How to quote a list from a paper? [closed]

I'm writing a paper and I need to quote the following list: Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle; Step2: Set up ...
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Enumeration that starts with “in the”

What is grammatically correct? I participated in the math club, in the cycling club and in the computer game design club. or I participated in the math club, the cycling club and the ...
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Listing of items in order of their effectiveness

In a research paper, how do I list things in order of their effectiveness? For example, The order of antagonistic effect of acetic acid against E. coli O157:H7 was salt > glycine > glucose > ...
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Mixing adjective and noun enumerations

I am having trouble writing a seemingly simple sentence. I am organising an event where three kinds of food will be served: hot beverages cold beverages finger food My trouble deals with putting ...
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Correct use of “is” or “are” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Singular or plural following a list Would I use is or are in the following sentence? The Pohutakawa Coast, Hauraki Gulf, and Waiheke Island is/are the backdrop for ...
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“A, B, C, or etc.” vs. “A, B, or C, etc.” vs. “A, B, C, etc.”

I think correct usages of "and" and "etc." are: A, B, C, and etc. A, B, and etc. But the example usage of "or" and "etc." I found in my dictionary is: A or B, etc. Why it is not: A, ...
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Usage of comma before “and” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? Which is correct? Three attributes are considered in this talk: response time, availability, and throughput. ...
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Use of prepositions in strings of conjunctions

When one wants to list various cases/classes/categories/types of objects in a string of conjunctions, is it preferable (or even mandatory) to keep on using (the same) preposition in front of each one ...
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What is the rule of using semicolons in this sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? Transglobal historians are muscling up with their magnum opuses; ...
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Does inserting a comma change what is modified?

My question pertains to the usage of comma after a list of clauses of the form "X, Y, and Z (,) to/in order to <do something>" Example: Apply Equation 1, use Lemma 2, and exploit Theorem ...
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Using a semicolon between elements in a list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? Is it ever appropriate to use semicolons to separate elements in a ...
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“Rate, comment, and subscribe” vs. “rate, comment and subscribe” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? In a sentence, when listing a couple — at least three — of things, are you supposed to add a comma before the last ...
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How can this sentence be written correctly? [closed]

Our interactive products are fun to use on desktop, mobile and touchscreen devices, just look awesome and are driven by the latest technology. The commas don't seem right to me. Shouldn't there ...
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Is it correct to use the conjunction “or” more than twice in one sentence?

For an example is it correct to say: You may use X or Y or Z or even something else. And what is proper punctuation for such example in case it is valid.
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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Semicolons at the end of list items

In school, we were taught to end each list item with a semicolon. But I have never actually seen this. Can somebody please confirm this? Should we end each list item with anything at all? I've seen ...
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Conjunction use: “and” or “or” in list of examples

When giving a list of examples, it seems to me "and" should be used because all the items in the list are examples, not just one of the items: I love fruit (e.g., apples, oranges, and bananas). ...
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Either and vs. Either or

(1) In this question on math.SE a question about the meaning of 'either' before a list which ends with 'and'. The meaning of either a, b, c, or d is from this answer sort of clear in that it means ...
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proper way to use a comma separating 3 (or more) words in a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? Proper English writing is not my strong point so I thought I'd post a question here. Using the following as an ...
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How to punctuate lists that are nested to three levels?

A basic list is punctuated like this: The park has some bears, deers, and other animals. (bears) (deers) (other animals) When commas appear inside the items of a list, or when lists appear ...
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How to arrange in alphabetical order by maiden name but include married name [closed]

In a class list, what is the correct way to arrange in alphabetical order by maiden name but also include married name, so that someone who doesn't know the person and does not know the list is in ...
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Punctuation when using a list of adjective pairs set apart by “yet”

I'm proofreading something, and came across this sentence: We believe the strength of our design is in our ability to be dynamic yet focused, clean yet inviting and organized yet exploratory. It ...
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Comma after e.g. list

I am unsure whether to use comma after the example list while using e.g. Any ideas? these functions, e.g., delay, capacity, throughput, represent better... or these functions, e.g., delay, ...
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When are “and” and commas used in a list of adjectives?

When are "and" and commas used in a list of adjectives? For example, Poor little rich girl, or Poor, little and rich girl (or Poor, little, and rich girl)?
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should a list of tokens be called a “token list” or a “tokens list” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User accounts” or “users account?” I ask because a list of tasks would usually be called a "task list". However a list or previous winners of a ...
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Comma confusion [closed]

I'm pretty sure this is a duplicate, but it's a generic case and searching brings up thousands of examples, so I'm forced to post. The question is, which of the sentences below is punctuated ...
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Use of capitals and full stops in bullet points [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalization for a bullet list Let's say I have a bullet point list e.g: Point 1. Point 2. Point 3. Notice I have put a capital letter for the starting letter of ...
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Where can I find a list of common padding words?

Like a lot of people, I actually have the habit of actually adding a lot of actual padding words when I actually write. A common one I use is actually. These are actually rarely worth keeping, ...