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Capitalization for a bullet list

The following is from some software documentation we are writing: NOTE: Refreshing a report may be necessary or helpful when: you believe the data in the report has changed since it was ...
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Definite article, repetition in lists

Which would be correct? The fridge, the shelves, the walls, the floor, and John himself, were all covered in foam. The fridge, shelves, walls, floor, and John himself, were all covered in ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it proper to use a colon followed immediately by a hyphen?

I have seen some writing where people have a list or a figure in writing and they will write something like this: The information is provided in Image 3:- Is that correct? Is this a British ...
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presenting a list followed by a verb, should the semi-colon be used?

Consider the sentence We consider how different strategies; (1) running, (2) hiding and (3) fighting affect the mating success of bears. Is the above sentence grammatically correct with the ...
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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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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 ... ... ...
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“The horizontal and vertical transfers” vs. “the horizontal and the vertical transfers” [duplicate]

The Horizontal and vertical tranfers in Local Governement Is this fragment grammatically correct?
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list characteristics in correct manner

What is the best method of listing specific characteristics when writing scientifically. My example: The study sites range in area from 1000 m² to 1200 m², cover depths of 0.08 to 5.7 m, range in ...
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How to refer to a list?

I have a list containing some information and I need to refer to that list. Is a sentence "From the list above ... " ok? Example: item 1 item 2 item 3 From the list above is obvious there is a ...
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Should I add punctuation after each in a a list of incomplete sentences?

When writing a list of potentially incomplete sentences, how should I punctuate each item? Daycare Admission Rules: No older than 5 years No younger than 1 year No purple Hair Do I end each with ...
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Punctuation in a series of verb phrases

A youngster literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps; finds a hero; establishes a dream; and then goes for it. Is a semicolon the correct punctuation here?
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List semi-colons?

Eleanor Roosevelt played an active political role. She wrote newspaper columns, made speeches and radio broadcasts, traveled widely, and listened to the concerns of women, minorities, and ...
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Using “nor” at the end of a list begun with “no” [duplicate]

Which is correct? "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles or writing." "The book has no marks, tears, wrinkles nor writing." (I understand the use of neither/nor and either/or.) In ...
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What's the right punctuation for the following list?

Many cases of animal suicide were discused. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever. A deer threw itself from ...
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Best way to phrase “{x and y} and z”?

I've continually struggled with this sentence arrangement. I have a list of 2 groups, but one of the groups is also a group of 2. Example: "I need help finding turtles and brown and grey foxes" The ...
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Are commas necessary between coordinate adjectives? [duplicate]

to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. As I see, in the noun phrase a mutually-agreed long-term ...
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Equivalent of “former” and “latter” for more than 2 items

Former and latter are valid only when there are two choices. If I have a list of more than two items, is there an elegant way to say the first one or the last one?
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Idioms to mean “becoming a teacher/pastor/etc”? [closed]

Are there common idioms to mean "becoming a teacher/pastor/'insert profession here' ", used in a figurative way?
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What is the 'last_name, first_name' format called?

Is there a name for the format of listing names by 'Last name, first name'? For example, how names were listed in phone books when those existed. Ex: this list of names is sorted (blank style): ...
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A stand-alone list of independent clauses as a sentence

Clearly, in some cases an isolated list cannot be a sentence. For example, Apples, oranges, and bananas. is not a sentence. But what about a list of independent clauses following a ...
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Should I use a colon or semicolon in a list that doesn't end with “and”?

Should I use colon or semicolon in the following? I liked the atmosphere: the rusty tables, the old wooden walls, the Western-style counter.
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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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Should an “and” be placed before the last item in a list if the item is followed by an “etc.”?

Which of the following sentences is correct? There are several types of email uses, such as professional, personal, and promotional etc. There are several types of email uses, such as ...
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Formatting and ellipses when quoting parts of a list

When quoting a list not in its entirety, but only the points 2–5 of 10, how do I set out the quote? Do I add "..." at the beginning and end of the quote as shown below? ... 2. At all ...
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When indicating separate items linked by a common word?

Let's say my sentence is: I am a part of Generations X, Y, and Z. In a case like this, should "generations" be plural or singular? I feel it should be plural, since singular makes it sound like ...
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Repeat “on” in a list?

Consider the following sentences. My question is: which one is grammatically correct? (If neither is, what is the correct formulation?) [the name of a chapter], in which he summarizes his past ...
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Punctuation for a list of names in the middle of a sentence

Under the direction of General Manager, Rian Wagner, a motivated project team, including: Edison Ven, Gary Bon, Justin Bembi, Marco Conch, Leo Bold and Richard Trolo, led the effort to bring the ...
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How to list books in an essay (in-text)? [closed]

I would like to list in an essay three books that I read, I do not know how to do so in text.
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How do you punctuate a list of titles and names?

I want to write a sentence that has a list of descriptive terms and then names, but I'm unclear as to how to do it... Herman my brother, George my nephew and I went to the market. If I put ...
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Grammar for a list within a list that does not start with a colon

I'm trying to make sure my writing is correct for the following sentence: Our scanners are not affected by rain, snow, glare from the sun, or electrical interference from cell phones, radios, ...
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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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How do you use etc. with or?

I have a sentence where I want to say that X is one of several things in a category, i.e. "...where X is an A, B, C, or D, etc." The elements A, B, C, or D are not exhaustive, so I want to include ...
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Toll Booths 1,2 and 5

Suppose I have a collection of numbered items, say toll booths that are numbered from 1 to 10. Consider three sentences: Toll booth 4 is closed today. Toll booth 1, toll booth 2, and toll ...
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Colon designated list of colon itemized sentences

I'm just seeing dots, working with colons. Is it correct to use a colon to introduce a list of items which begin with colons? Or is it quite superfluous? Typically, I seem to employ this for lists ...
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What's the best way to write nested “and” clauses?

Say I have the following sentence: I went to the store to buy eggs, regular, chocolate and soy milk, apples, and bread. There are two and clauses here, one that describes the kinds of milk I was ...
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Comma usage in list

Are the commas in the following sentence correct? At the bottom, you can find more quick links to the Charity Commission, and Haringey, Waltham Forest and Enfield council websites.
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Listing an abbreviation with two different expansions

How should I list an abbreviation that has two different expansions? Eg: LD - Leadership Development, LD - Liquidity Damage. I have quite a few of these and I need to list them in a glossary. ...
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“This date and time is” vs. “this date and time are” [duplicate]

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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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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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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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 ...