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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

"Symptoms of lactic acid build up in muscles include cramps, spasms, fatigue and sensitivity."

Does "sensitivity" need to be qualified, as in "sensitivity to touch"? Can someone point out the "rules" that come into play here?

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Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

"Symptoms of lactic acid build up in muscles include cramps, spasms, fatigue and sensitivity."

Yes, but you should change build up to buildup.

Does "sensitivity" need to be qualified, as in "sensitivity to touch"?

That wouldn't hurt (no pun intended), but it isn't necessary. You've established muscles as the subject.

Can someone point out the "rules" that come into play here?

Regarding serial commas? You've broken no rules here.

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The following sentence is grammatically correct:

"Symptoms of lactic acid build up in muscles include cramps, spasms, fatigue, and sensitivity."

"Sensitivity" does not need to be qualified, as in "sensitivity to touch".

Correlatively your question (Rules for sentences containing lists of things) there are no special "rules" (worthly to be mentioned) that come into play here, except for serial commas.

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  • Some style guides, esp. in STM, advise against the use of comma before and, irrespective of context.
    – Kris
    Apr 20, 2012 at 3:53
  • In any case, the OP seems to ask about rules in respect of 'sensitivity', whether 'to touch' is required.
    – Kris
    Apr 20, 2012 at 3:59

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