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Having a watch is essential for looking good and timeliness.

Disregarding the content of the above sentence, is it grammatically correct? To me it feels improper that "looking good" uses a verb, while "timeliness" uses a noun.

I'd rather see

Having a watch is essential for good looks and timeliness.

or

Having a watch is essential for looking good and being on time.

If it is indeed an error, does it have a name? How would you describe it?

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    The rule that eliminates unnecessary prepositions in conjoined phrases is called Conjunction Reduction. It requires that the structures be identical -- prepositions like for should both have similar objects if the second one is to be deleted. So the first sentence has a noun phrase and a gerund, which is not close enough, but the other ones have two noun phrases and two gerunds, which is fine. Mar 20, 2021 at 22:39
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    So we do not write “we are going out for a cup of tea and a while.”
    – Anton
    Mar 20, 2021 at 23:11

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“Looking” is a gerund aka “acting noun.” The grammar is correct. Your suggestions are good, but that’s about style.

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