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Should I use commas for this list or semi-colons?

I have the following list, and I am wondering whether I should use commas or semi-colons to separate the list items. Which is correct - list 1 or list 2? List 1: I need a portion of chips, two peas, ...
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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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Rules for the Last/Terminal Comma in a Long List

this is a question in the context of a novel, about the last/terminal comma after a long list that transitions into a verb and object. When do you put a comma after the last word/thing in a long list ...
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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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When having different quantities in a list, should you write all of the quantities out or use numerals if previous cases used numerals? [duplicate]

Let's say that I want to write out that a platoon of soldiers has 15 enlisted men and 2 officers. If I wrote "They were part of a company of 200 soldiers" in a preceding part of the text, ...
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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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Best Way to Cite Several One-Sentence Reasons for Something

I'm writing an essay that cites seven one-sentence reasons why something occurred, but I can't figure out the best way to do that. I tried putting them in a bulleted list and in a numbered horizon ...
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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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How could I use "respectively" to state three actions by subsets of four people?

For a scientific paper, I need to write these sentences as one sentence using "respectively". Arnold and Benson [1] proved the claim when X is a rainbow set. Carlson [2] proved the claim ...
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Can a pronoun be dropped in a list?

Towing insurance provides protection against collision damage to your automobile while you are attaching (it) to, towing (it) by, or detaching it from a covered rental truck or while it is loaded onto,...
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How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list?

How to punctuate and make concise a sentence that contains a list and then describes each item in the list? One possible structure of the sentence I would like to punctuate is: I do not have any ...
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What is the correct grammar to describe a vast range of things in a list (without listing them off)?

If I wanted to describe a large variety of things in a given space, how could I do that? For example - In my library, we have bought a bunch of supplies to create a Makerspace. How could I describe ...
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How do I write a number range that includes all decimals of the last number? [closed]

I am trying to write out a number range that would include all decimals within the last integer listed. The number range will be used as a label on a web form, so it should be as concise as possible. ...
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Should I use a comma or semicolon to separate the items in this sentence

We have planned to modify the product mobile phone and address the following sustainable development goals: Responsible Consumption and Production, Good Health and Well Being. or We have planned to ...
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Modifying a whole list of nouns by attaching modifier to the first noun only

With sentences like: I visited the parks in the area, museums, and shops. We enjoyed dancing on our wedding day, chatting to guests, and listening to the band. He spoke to all the boys in the ...
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Comma dividing two points on a list when the first point includes 'and'

I have a sentence in which the meaning seems to be unclear both with and without a comma. Moreover, I'm unsure whether having a comma is correct at all. The cause is the 'and' in the first point: ...
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Complex lists with the use of semicolon and "etc."

I know a thing or two about using "etc." and semicolon, but not when they come together. Help me to look at the example if you may: ToolsPhotoshop, Illustrator, After Effects; Wacom Tablet, ...
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Is this in-sentence list correct or should it be reworded? "Track Waste, Cost, and Assess Trends"

At first glance I think it's wrong because it's not truly a list of three because you aren't tracking trends, you're assessing them, but I can't think of a fix other than completely rewording it. It's ...
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Need some help with articles in a simple list (please see the actual example below)

This is the list of topics and their tasks. Do I need to put articles in the following cases? THE meeting: Discuss achievements Find solutions THE brand's problem Find the strategy Set tasks In ...
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Do disjointed nouns (eg in lists) need articles? [duplicate]

The list items are really just titles. Do they need articles? The meeting Discussing problems An unforgettable present The audience Targeting right audiences
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How to parse A, B, or C that is D

Please consider this sentence "I will not engage in or undertake any other employment, occupation, consulting relationship, or commitment that is directly related to the business in which the ...
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Is this sentence a run-on?

However, the courts in Lundy held that because the landlords never seen the dog, nor received complaints about the dog, nor visited the property, nor knew the size or age of the dog, that the ...
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Using "to" twice in a list: "from..., to ... to..."

The five building blocks offers you privacy and data protection from tailored modules and dashboarding, to integrated access to XZ's full advisory capabilities. Is the above sentence correct? Can 'to'...
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