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I would rather have seen the writer composed the sentence as such "I hate hard candy, and hard olives. This way the reader would grasp a clear image in mind without any confusion.


Whether an adjective applied to the first term of a parallel set of nouns also implicitly applies to the second is as much a matter of common sense as anything else. It certainly isn't automatic, which is why, for example, the sentence I hate hard candy and helium. is unlikely to leave many readers or listeners puzzling over what "hard helium" might ...


"I hate hard candy and olives" can have both those meanings. That's the beauty (and the curse) of the English language. I would say that "I hate olives and hard candy" is definitely less ambiguous, but it's not any more or less concise (after all, it contains exactly the same number of words).


From the online Chicago Manual of Style - 6.58 Semicolons in a complex series (paid subscription, sorry if the link doesn't work). "When items in a series themselves contain internal punctuation, separating the items with semicolons can aid clarity." I think this one is kind of up to you. But I'd format your sentence like this: I am involved in all ...


(1) stop, (2) drop, and (3) roll is the correct phrase. This is because and is a conjunction, and not part of step three. Think about it this way: what if there were four steps? The first three steps stay the same, and then we add a fourth step: (1) stop, (2) drop, (3) roll, and (4) party! you wouldn't have: (1) stop, (2) drop, (3) and ...


Surely this must depend on the context? If I was explaining exercise manoeuvres, I would write it like this; (1): Stop. (2): Drop. (3): Roll. If it was part of a narrative then; stop, drop and roll. No matter what the context is, you definitely do not need a comma before and in this instance. ...


Your sentence is correct as originally stated. You can also use "seafoods" and "meats," which are acceptable plurals of seafood and meat -- although less common. Some might argue that this produces a slight change in nuance, such that "meats" implies "types of meat" and "seafoods" implies "types of seafood." However, even if the case, this distinction ...

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