How would you punctuate a sentence that contains a list of items, with several examples for each item. For example: "I have found an existing relationship of qualities through a certain model: words including, between and after; colors red, yellow and blue; numbers five, six and ten."

Notice how the first set seems confusing? The main qualities are words, colors and numbers; with each quality having a set of examples. How could this be made more clear, without changing the ultimate structure of the sentence?


Could you instead say:

words such as between and after; colors such as red, yellow, and blue; and numbers such as five, six, and ten.

The repeated structure helps identify them as matching members of the set. That is, because they're all laid out the same -- X such as A, B, and C -- they are easily identifiable as equivalents.

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