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Here's my list: Violin, Piano, Reading Music, Dancing: Musical Theater, Swing, Break, Contra, Ballet (beginner,) Singing: Tenor, Conversational Spanish, Card Tricks, Parkour, Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Camping, Archery, Shooting Sports, Boating: Canoe, Motorboat, Sailboat, Kayak, Whitewater Raft, Scuba

I would normally separate this list by commas, but within the list "dancing," "singing," and "boating" have specifics listed. It seems like I should use a semicolon to delineate the fact that I don't sing in conversational Spanish, just using commas makes this confusing. The fact that "dancing" and "boating" have actual lists following them and "singing" only has one word and not a list further complicates my dilemma.

Any suggestions? Thanks

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  • Don't do it that way!
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 27, 2018 at 3:34
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because how to organise a list is not restricted to the English language.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 20:28

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If it's being written your best bet is to use new lines, and possibly headings. This would make your lists/sublists much more differentiateable. You can probably consider Singing to be part of your Music list.

Music: Violin, Piano, Reading Music, Singing (Tenor)

Dancing: Musical Theater, Swing, Break, Contra, Ballet (beginner)

Outdoors: Parkour, Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Camping, Archery, Shooting Sports

Boating: Canoe, Motorboat, Sailboat, Kayak, Whitewater Raft, Scuba

Other: Conversational Spanish, Card Tricks

Alternatively you can use semicolons between lists

I like to eat fruit: apples, oranges; vegetables: celery, avocados, cucumber.

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  • Perhaps also consider bullets or sub-bullet points.
    – k1eran
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 22:31
  • I tried bullets, but my space is limited.
    – Trip
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 1:22
  • I also like the idea of making categories (aslum's suggestion) and with a little tweaking was able to fit it into my limited space. Thanks everyone!
    – Trip
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 1:26

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