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Singular characteristic to describe a list of items

Here's the question: The materials for the boxes, pallets, and crates are ready. The material for the boxes, pallets, and crates is ready. Should "material" be plural or singular? I'm writing a paper ...
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How can I come up with the family words from a specific word?

For example, I need to list all of the family of words for the giver like gift. For bleed the list would include blood. For speak the list would include speech. For stick it would include sticky. For ...
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I have a list of quotes put into bullet list form. Should quotation marks be used on each line or is there another punctuation format?

Here's my example text: Some typical examples from the 89 suggestions related to youth include the following: “Re-store boys & girls camp for our youth” “Would be helpful to have an activity ...
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How to refer to historical data from latest to oldest?

Consider I have a a list of 5 exercises I did, sorted from most recent to oldest. Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 So the last exercise I did is Exercise 1. My question is how ...
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Use of definite articles and plural in lists with common object

I want to write the following sentence in a compact way: "The difference between the old scheme and the new scheme lies in..." Which one of the following is correct? The difference between the old ...
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Something list vs somethings list

I don't need it to be like: a list of apples. What is the correct usage of it this kind of way? an apple list an apples list The apples are in no particular order organized.
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Writing a list of books in the statement of purpose

I'm currently writing a statement of purpose for graduate school application. I would like to know the best way to present the list of books that I have independently studied. I wrote the following ...
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capitalizing in a list of enclosures

What is the proper way to list items in letter enclosures or email attachments? As I understand capitalizing after colon in "Enclosed" for example would only be necessary if the list included proper ...
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Can you put a semicolon after an and in a list with bullets? Example in body

For example, in the following list, would the use of the semicolon be proper? " These are my favorite fruits: apples banans, kiwis, tomatoes, pineapple, watermelons, and; oranges. " ...
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How to write from this, to that, to that, to that

For example, if I were writing the menu options for a restaurant, how would I write something like this? Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes. From pizza, to burgers, to shakes, to fries, ...
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Punctuation and listing two elements (when one of them is a list)

Wolf is a referee who provides scholarly peer review to the Israel Science Foundation and with the following journals:Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the Association of Environmental and ...
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how to use“and” in a list [duplicate]

Glucose lowering agents consist of multiple subcategories of drugs, including metformin, DPP-4 inhibitors, and insulin and analogues. My question is how should I write a list with an "and" in one of ...
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How long should a list item be?

Can a list item have have more than one paragraph? if so, how many is the maximum recommended? and when that type of lengthy list item is used? Is there a difference in length between bullet and ...
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Which should be capitalized | Resume

I'm wondering if the words in this list which describe my university coursework should all be capitalized, or just the first word? If its relevant, these are NOT the actual name of the courses. But ...
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Is it possible to use a semi colon within a list?

I have seen questions looking at using semi-colons to make a list, but I am looking to ask whether semi-colons can go within lists to better define the objects in the list. I am looking to write a ...
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putting myself in a list

I've got a sentence that starts, "As much as we – Tom, Charles, myself and a few others – saw the need for..." I set it up that way because in the context of the piece the first three of us were the ...
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How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? [duplicate]

How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? For example: Do you capitalize each item and use a colon? This Summer we should: Go to the beach. Eat a sandwich. Visit the library. Do ...
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Confused about the following list [duplicate]

"The lessons coming out of Baltimore, the lessons coming out of France's large cities, the lessons coming out of all our societies show that neighbourhoods matter, place matters, where you live ...
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Correct capitalization in figure caption [closed]

I'm writing my thesis and it has many figures in it. I was wondering when I should use upper case and when do I need to use lower case in the caption. For example: Figure 23: Lateral moment vs ...
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What these parts of speech symbols mean in this word list [closed]

This word list has these strange symbols for parts of speech which I can't find documentation on. Wondering if one could list out what they mean. a: the (?) v: be (verb) c: and (conjunction) i: of (?)...
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Oxford comma with nonessential phrases

So, I've got the following list containing a nonessential phrase ("ultimately"), non-Oxford comma: stifling curiosity, creativity and, ultimately, progress. Is it then correct, when converted to ...
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“And” vs “Or” in a list with a negative modifier

If a given set of instructions says, for example: Failure to complete assignments A, B, and C will result in punishment. Does that indicate that failure to do all of those assignments and only all ...
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Countable and Uncountable Nouns in a List [duplicate]

Since "information" is an uncountable-noun and "references" is a countable noun, which sentence is correct? Please let me know if any additional information or references are needed. Please let ...
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Punctuation in lists that end mid-sentence

I know that we can introduce a list with a semicolon or an em dash, but nowhere can I find any rules on punctuation when a list ends mid-sentence. Say I have a sentence that goes like this: Lawn ...
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Question regarding a list of speech titles

Pretty stumped on how this sentence should look. It just seems like too much punctuation. This is regarding topics for talks at a conference. Thanks! Topics will include: “Tools of the Trade”, “...
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Do you need to specify indefinite articles in a comma separated list?

Let's say I've got an apple, a banana, and an orange. Which of the following are ok, if any? I've got an apple, banana, and an orange. I've got an apple, banana, and orange. The actual sentence I'...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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How do you give someone n options from A or B?

I have a list A and a list B, and I want someone to be able to choose n from the cumulative list formed by combining A and B. However, my initial attempts were subpar at best: You get n of your ...
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Beginning list items with numerals

Most well-known style guides dictate that numbers should always be spelled out at the beginning of a sentence (Forty-seven percent of people...), even to the point of recommending rewriting to avoid ...
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Is it correct to end a sentence listing various things with just “and similar” and nothing more after?

Take the example sentence: Our offering includes widgets, gadgets, gizmos, and similar. Would this be a correct way of ending that sentence, or do we need to add something more like: Our ...
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Comma or no in a two item list where those items are phrases

I am editing some copy, and I'm not sure how to handle these examples. Here is the structure that concerns me: As a consequence of the magic curse, the cakes dance the salsa[,] and the birds eat ...
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Listing items where the last item has the word 'and' in it

I have a list of two items. One of the items has the word 'and' in it. How do I punctuate this so it is clear that there are only two items in this list? The items in bullet format: Maths Art and ...
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“And” used in a list with no comma

I have no trouble reading the following, even though they say not to use "and" twice in a sentence without a comma: The bulk of the expense came from all the lost opportunities and all the rabbits ...
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Correct way to reference sub bullet list [closed]

d. Include documentation of rating ______ i. Show rating of ______ ii. Include overall ______ 1. Provide relevant documentation ______ In the example above, how would the last 3 ...
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List of adjectives joined by “or”: Should the final noun be singular or plural?

For example, should it be: A) Ask the Science, Math, or Art teachers. or B) Ask the Science, Math, or Art teacher. ?
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Looking for a list of hapax legomena that have lost their meanings over time [closed]

These are words that have lost their meanings over time and can't be reconstructed from context, as it only appeared in that context once and not in others. I've searched with Google but came up empty....
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Punctuating quoted items in a list [duplicate]

Comma or not comma? That is the question! Notice they each tout features like, "Vitamins A, C, and E," "Olive Leaf Extract," and "Sustainable Orange Stem Cells." OR: Notice they each tout features ...
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List: Joining three compound items, two with a common element

Which one is the most proper way to structure a list comprising "metabolic diseases," "microvascular complications," and "macrovascular complications" in the following example: High blood glucose ...
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Punctuating a vertical list that is introduced by a question

I have searched online but can't find anything definitive on which of the following is preferable: Incorrect. What could you infer from these quotes: 'most of the dogs jump on the meat' '...
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Using Articles in a Simple List

An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, concept, quality, emotion or event. OR An abstract noun is something that doesn't physically exist, such as an idea, a ...
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Dashes in lists

As a mathematician I often have to explain the notation in my writing. For example, I write: "F denotes my favourite function, A - a beautiful set and K - an important kernel." Should I use dashes ...
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Using gerund at the beginning of bullet points: What is more common, better or correct?

Is it correct or common to use the gerund at the beginning of bullet points? Which of the following examples is more common, better or correct? What are the pros and cons? Can I use the gerund? ...
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Why “milk and sugar”, but rarely “sugar and milk”? [duplicate]

For example "Adam and Eve" is (almost) never said as "Eve and Adam". Making tea: "milk or sugar", but rarely "sugar or milk". Elevator: "up or down" is more common than "down or up". Some groupings ...
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“Both” for more than two objects

If I were to ask: Which children did you bring? and you respond: I brought both Adam and Billy. The "both" implies not only that you brought two children, but that you brought your only two ...
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Punctuating a list at the end of a dependent clause?

From what I've gathered, it's best to place a list at the end of a sentence. But I'm having a hard time fixing the following sentences without affecting the meaning. The sentences in question: But ...
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Do I need to include “the” for each item in a text sequence

Can anyone please tell me that which is more appealing: • My industrial collaborations at the national and the international levels. • My industrial collaborations at the national and ...
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Is it better to list adjectives, with an “and”? [duplicate]

When we use more than one adjective, e.g. The big, red, bouncy balloon. The list of three adjectives {big, red, and bouncy} is a list, so by rights it should be separated by commas, with an "and" ...
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Juxtaposing (more than) two sentences that can include “and” by using “and”

QUESTIONS: Is the comma used in the below sentence necessary? Is it okay to use different forms or parts of speech for juxtaposed elements? I.g. In the below sentence, a noun "development" and ...
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What is the horizontal equivalent of “all of the above”?

All of the above tends to be used to refer to options that have been described in previous lines in a bulleted list, and I'm wondering how to do the same in a sentence. For example, would the ...