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Which of the following is correct?

He is a quiet, polite and disciplined boy.


He is a quiet, polite and a disciplined boy.

Personally, I think the first one is right. But still wanted to be sure.

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    As indicated by the answer below, it's not very idiomatic to re-introduce a repeated / predictable element (a here) if you've already "deleted" it from any preceding items in a list. But this is essentially a matter of stylistic choices, not "unbreakable grammatical rules". – FumbleFingers May 22 at 14:47

It would have to be either:

"A quiet, a polite, and a disciplined boy."


"A quiet, polite, disciplined boy."
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    I'm not sure why it would "have" to be written without the optional conjunction if you eliminate the repeated articles. – geekahedron May 22 at 15:12
  • @geekahedron, you could write "he is quiet, polite, and a disciplined boy", but to my ear, once you have introduced a list of categories to which the boy belongs, it is not really good form to also either interleave a list of descriptions of the boy himself, or else to use the 'a' inconsistently within the same list. – Steve May 22 at 15:25
  • I was referring to the conjunction, not the article. The first sentence in the original question ("He is a quiet, polite and disciplined boy") is perfectly fine. – geekahedron May 22 at 17:16
  • No, it doesn't have to be one of those versions. There is nothing ungrammatical about the second version in the question. It's stylistically awkward and unidiomatic, but it's not wrong. – Jason Bassford May 22 at 18:34

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