Questions tagged [lists]

For questions on writing, formatting and speaking a group of connected or related items.

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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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Is there any difference in using etc or ellipsis when listing examples? [closed]

When listing a couple of examples in parentheses, is there any difference between using etc and using three dots to indicate "more like this" at the end? What I mean, is there any difference between ...
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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 ...
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Academic writing: enumerating properties of which several may apply

In an academic paper I currently say the following: State-of-the-art research tackles parts of the problem: security and multi-tenancy solutions exist but require hardware, do not meet shared use ...
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Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
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How to use semicolons (when listing people’s names and actions)?

I’ve been reading this paragraph: I unlock the bathroom door and pull the handle down, I open it slightly, only to see the face of every family member residing in this house, crowding outside my ...
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List of all English plural nouns? [closed]

I'm working on an app where it would be great to have a list of every single plural noun in a txt. Does this exist somewhere?
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Is the comma before 'and' still optional in a list of actions

Is the last comma in a list still optional when the listed items are actions rather than items? Omitting it looks odd to my eye in this situation, but I don't use Oxford commas and want to be ...
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Comma use dividing two lists in a single sentence

I'd like to include these two sentences below in my resume. However, I'm not sure if they're punctually correct. Would it be better to rephrase these? • Partnered with leading retailers such as ...
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Commas separating cities and country

How would you properly list a set of cities followed by their country? Would you do so as such: "Marseilles, Nice, & Paris, France"
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Can I use “respectively” to refer to a list in the previous sentence?

Is the following sentence a correct usage of the word "respectively", or can it only be used if the things it is referring to are listed in the same sentence? "There was a dog, a cat, and a hamster....
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is “all” implied in a list?

If I have a list that begins with: "Cars He Wants to Buy" Is it implied that that list contains ALL the cars he wants to buy? Or is it implied that it is just some? My thought was that an "all" is ...
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help: punctuating a long list containing abbreviations [closed]

any suggestions for the following list: "such as: joiner, Hollaender swivel T, Hollaender horizontal flat plate, jr. end piece, Hollaender split cross, flange base, [Matthews] Big Ben, speedrail ear, ...
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How to properly list quotes in a sentence

For a marketing class, I am listing three different slogans a company has. I have rewritten this a few times and I can't seem to get it to look correct. My question is should I make it one big quote ...
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Commas - yes or no? “Everwhere from…” list

Trying to figure out if this statement needs more (or less) commas: My position as a flight attendant has taken me everywhere from hiking in Nepal, to swimming with dolphins in Jamaica, to eating ...
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Full list of verbs [closed]

Is there any conjugated full list of verbs in English available? I've found lists of the most common ones but I'd like to have a full list that takes into account all the irregular ones as well.
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Should I include a comma after a mid-sentence list of three things?

For example, "Race, religion, and gender, are still crucial factor's in someone's success" Should there be a comma after "gender"? And is this a fixed rule?
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Use of numbered lists in running text [closed]

I am reviewing a doctoral thesis/dissertation where the author has a tendency to make statements where several different alternatives are given: ... These processes may occur in two different ways: ...
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Do I start a list with 1 item with a colon?

I often have to note down a list of people I send documents to at work, eg., 'PDF sent to: John, Edith, and Margery' If I only send the document to John, should I still use the colon? 'PDF sent to: ...
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Semicolon for list of examples between two types of thing

I just read that you should use a semicolon for a list where the list items contain commas. However, my sentence doesn't have a list as the main "list" only two items. Or do two items already count as ...
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Lists within a list

Here's my list: Violin, Piano, Reading Music, Dancing: Musical Theater, Swing, Break, Contra, Ballet (beginner,) Singing: Tenor, Conversational Spanish, Card Tricks, Parkour, Biking, Hiking, Rock ...