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Do I use "or" or "and" when specifying a list of three things, from which someone must choose two?

I'm writing some documentation for a software manual. A user must specify two (no more, no less) out of three options for a particular feature. Which is correct: "You must specify two of A, B, or ...
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"And " vs "Or" when using respectively

I want to reduce my sentence to a shorter sentence. My actual intention is: In real-type representations, k is 1, in complex-type representations, k is 2, and in quaternion-type representations, k is ...
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Colon and semicolon use in a list of questions in APA style

I'm wondering the correct punctuation in a list of questions within an academic APA setting. For instance, if I had: We were still able to address our original questions: How did the students respond ...
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pronoun (etc) used to refer back to (overtly) a string of verbs

I am drafting the dedication below, which includes a list of adjectives: Never stop building, searching, and asking why. It will take you to amazing places. I'm questioning whether "It" is ...
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What is the correct punctuation to use in this sentence?

A strong adaptation of the metered billing models by the leading Software-as-a-Service providers demonstrate the advantages such billing models bringing to all stakeholders of the service: the service ...
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Use of 'And more' to end a list [closed]

Can I conclude a list with 'And more' because a platform offers numerous features, and listing them all there will make it ineffective? The items aren't a grocery list where the user will not have the ...
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Ordinal Adverbs - last or lastly?

If a list is ordered 'first', 'next' would you finish with 'last' or 'lastly'? I'm really interested to get both a UK and US take on this please. (Finally is not an option here, as it's for a poem ...
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Am I wrong to 'bracket' the Saxon possessive? [duplicate]

I recently wrote, on Stack Exchange, in regard to the books of the bible : ... Paul, Mark and Luke's contributions ... I did so instinctively and afterwards realised what I had done. Am I wrong to '...
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How to refer to an item in a numbered list?

Let's say I've described an algorithm using numbered list: If the types of 'x' and 'y' are the same, return strict equality comparison result. If one of them is 'null' and the other is 'undefined', ...
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How would you join a dependent clause to an independent clause that ends with a list?

Here is an example: I have developed my ability to identify the factors that impact my physical, mental, and emotional health[,] and am beginning to apply this understanding to make informed ...
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When an adjective is in front of a noun listed as part of a group, does the adjective also apply to the other nouns? [closed]

I will use an example to explain my question... Transphobia is an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender people. In the above sentence, is the true definition that ...
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You don't use a comma listing only two items, but SAT Reading Passage does. Why?

"Great Writing" series taught me not to use a comma when listing only two(2) items. Grammarly and Google search seems to tell me the same. When there are two items in a list, don't use a ...
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Confusion from a Vocative Comma before a List

Is there any alternative punctuation to eliminate the ambiguity between the vocative comma and the list comma in a sentence like "John, Paul, George, and Ringo arrived earlier." The idea is ...
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Use of a comma to separate two items in a list

I wanted to ask a question about the use of commas when separating two items in a list. I was reading an article in Reuters concerning two different banks listed in the headline: Deutsche bank, ...
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Punctuation in a bulleted list, title and description

I'm making documention for a piece of software and I need to write multiple lists, namely menus and functions of the software. Currently items are formatted this way: • File ◦ New – ...
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Was/were when listing individually [closed]

I recently wrote something saying: Present at the meeting was the mayor, the chief of police, and city council members. My coworker flagged this, as moving the clause to the end of the sentence ...
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Is there a proper/better way to write a serial comma separated list of dates? It feels like I shouldn't be mixing date commas with the serial commas

For example, consider the following sentence: The company mentioned the project in press releases dated September 13, 2020, May 21, 2022, and June 8, 2022. Is that the correct way to write it? It ...
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Usage of the word "candle" to refer to a specific item in a list

In Maltese English, whenever items in a list are preceded by letters or Roman numerals instead of numbers, we would say that the list is made up of candles. Let us suppose we have the following two ...
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Use of comma and periods in lists [closed]

I have a doubt about how to write a list. Each item of the list must end with a comma or a period? Comma: Item 1, Item 2, and Item 3. Periods: Item 1. Item 2. Item 3.
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When do you put a comma after the last word or thing in a long list followed by a verb and object?

When do you put a comma after the last word or thing in a long list followed by a verb and object? This question in the context of a novel is about the last or terminal comma after a long list that ...
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Should all words be capitalized when separated by an ampersand in a bullet list?

Should all words be capitalized when separated by an ampersand in a bullet list? e.g., Department of Chemistry Physics & Chemistry seminars <--- ?
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How to write a list of items, where the last item is a compound item? [duplicate]

I have a sentence that contains a list of items, and the last item in the list contains an "and" (e.g. like a pet shop may sell "hampsters" and "cat and dog beds", but ...
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Trying to explain grammatical error in fragmented compound sentence [closed]

It was a turning point that led us to discover the unique opportunity to apply the technology to aerospace, and the company rebranded as *****. Could somebody possibly help me explain what is wrong ...
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Semicolon, comma, vs colon in list of size two

I have a sentence here. "The different types of switchgrass fall into two categories: upland and lowland." Can I replace the colon with a comma? Tonally, it sounds alright, but is it allowed ...
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Should I separate multiple "ands" in a series with commas? [closed]

I enjoy eating apples and cherries and pears and bananas. OR I enjoy eating apples, and cherries, and pears, and bananas. I apologize if this question was listed somewhere else, but I can't find a ...
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Is this list syntax correct?

I saw the following sentence earlier: We’ll help you win across every channel, every format and on your terms. I interpret that as one of the following: We’ll help you win; [across every channel], [...
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Using colon and semi-colon in a list

I saw this sentence structure on this document online: Application for a Social Security Card. Can you tell me why there is no "period" in this structure? Where can I learn how to use a ...
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Was vs Were in list with number disagreement

I'm unsure whether to use 'was' or 'were' in describing this list. There [was/were] food, games, performances, and much more. I want to divide the list down singular vs plural lines: There were ...
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proper construction of a list

In a list, the last item is preceded by "and". This sentence appeared in a recent Foreign Affairs article: The United States and its allies and partners are imposing harsh costs on Moscow. ...
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Is it okay to put a colon after an acronym? [duplicate]

For example, when writing a list of fields to be filled e.g. Name: D.O.B.: Address: Is the colon after D.O.B. correct?
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Can I use a question mark for a list after a colon?

For example, After the incident, I was no longer sure who to blame: Ethan, Michael, or Jake? Or is there a better way to phrase this sentence?
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Too many “and”s - separating clauses vs. list items

I have the following sentence and feel like my usage of “and” is awkward since it makes it look like a list of three things: The scale of the problem has only become greater thanks to the internet ...
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How should I punctuate a literal reference to a list item, including its label?

I am trying to punctuate a reference back to an option displayed in a letter-labeled list, as one might see on a quiz in school. I have searched CMOS and StackExchange but haven’t found a precedent. ...
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Differentiate apposition from list [closed]

In the following sentence, I can only distinguish by knowing whether this is an apposition, i.e. the basic principles of material supply are kitting and line stocking, or whether the whole thing is a ...
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Listing items with item itself having comma [duplicate]

We looked at potential publishers for this paper, including European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Object-oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications, and IEEE Transactions ...
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Should I use a semicolon or a comma after a semicolon-separated list?

I have a list of items separated by semicolons, because the items themselves contain commas. If this were a comma-separated list, I would offset it from the rest of the sentence with a comma, but I'm ...
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How to properly use semicolon for a list of sentences in business writing?

I ran into a fraud company and now trying to file a dispute. But unfortunately, it didn't approve. So, right now I'm trying to fight it by starting with the refund policy. And hoping someone can help ...
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How do I use a conjunction to join two clauses directly after a list of terms?

I am trying to offer a choice between two options, the first of which has several sub-options. I'm unsure how to express this in a grammatically correct and clear manner. What I have currently is ...
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ACT Comma Question [duplicate]

I came across this sentence on the ACT: It was adopted by the Akkadians, Hittites, Persians, and others, and used for over 3,000 years. I can see that the comma in "and others, and used" ...
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Should I use a comma to separate a list of two numeric elements when one element is a range?

In a two-element list such as "items 1 to 6 and 11", should the two elements be separated by a comma? I have been told that without the comma, the list can be interpreted to mean "items ...
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If I use the word "enumerated", must the list be numeric or can it be bullet points?

If I use the word "enumerated" in writing, must the list I am enumerating be numeric or can it be bullet points?
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Is it correct to use a comma before naming a list of items in a sentence? [closed]

The question is about the first comma use in the sentences below. I have not seen such comma-punctuation in a sentence that continues with naming several listed items. Is the first comma in these ...
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Dissertation: correct writing of a numbered list [closed]

Are there any grammatical rules for numbered lists (my university does not have a guideline for this)? Which format would be correct for the given example of numbered objectives? Two things that I ...
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Is it correct to drop the repeating noun (except for the last one) in a list?

I can't find the grammar rule about dropping a repeated noun in a list. I'm not sure what it's called and Search results weren't relevant. I'd like to try this construction myself if it's ...
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What's this usage of comma, separating of a list of independent clauses?

This is a sentence from the book "The Brothers Karamazov" (page 8): He spent a disorderly adolescence and youth: he never finished high school; later he landed in some military school, then ...
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Should singulars or plurals be used in lists of quantity after a number that is plural when the list is "[number]x item"?

Should singulars or plurals be used in lists of quantity after a number that is plural when the list is "[number]x item"? For example, in the following list, should entry 2 be "6x ...
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Does a "from...to" list require commas?

Take the following sentence: "The success of the 1987 television show and 1990 film fueled the sales of everything from toys to toothbrushes to video games." The following feels better: &...
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Comma needed using and em-dash paranthetical within a list?

What's the correct use of an em-dash within a comma-separated list? E.g. is, "Tom only likes four colours: red, blue—although he's on the fence—, green, and yellow" correct or is, "Tom ...
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Dashes to provide parenthetical information to an item in list - example from BBC?

Quoting the BBC website at https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-51047186 It was understood the couple would continue to receive money for a time from Harry's father under the new agreement, although ...
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What is the difference between the Honor Roll and the Dean's List? [closed]

I can't really find a clear answer for this question. I would appreciate if someone does know how to differentiate between the two. Thanks!
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