I want to express that the homeless are everywhere. Here is my example:

They are everywhere, in the park, library, and restaurants.

  1. Is there any mistake in the sentence?
  2. When should I add , between different locations?

Thank you

  • The grammar is imperfect. You need the plural form of the nouns. I'd suggest: They are everywhere; in parks, libraries and even in restaurants. – Mari-Lou A Jan 14 at 10:57
  • The homeless are in restaurants? Maybe begging or sleeping outside these places but inside? Or do you mean management hire the homeless to work there? maybe change the preposition "in" with "outside restaurants"? – Mari-Lou A Jan 14 at 11:02

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary:



: in or to every place or part.

As EVERYWHERE includes such places as 'in the park, library, and restaurants',

you should use a colon like this:

"They are everywhere: in the park, library, and restaurants."

According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary:


: a punctuation mark

used chiefly to direct attention to matter

(such as a list, explanation, quotation, or amplification)

that follows.

  • Thank you for the quick prompt. If I would like to add etc in the end of the sentence, what should it look like? – Stallman Jan 14 at 9:41
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    It is: ''They are everywhere: in the park, library, and restaurants, etc.''. – user307254 Jan 14 at 9:44
  • Why is "park" and "library" in the singular? I mean, the OP's sentence uses the singular but do you consider it appropriate? – Mari-Lou A Jan 14 at 10:58
  • Why not? I think it's OK to say both 'parks, libraries, restaurants' and 'park, library, restaurant'. The original sentence is appropriate as well. The context is limited, so we don't know what number of places the author means. – user307254 Jan 14 at 11:09

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