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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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I am unsure of whether to use singular or plural describing a list where the objects in the list are choices

Which is correct: Three different strategies whereby X and Y are produced in a ratio of 1:2, 1:1, or 2:1. or Three different strategies whereby X and Y are produced in ratios of 1:2, 1:1, or 2:1.
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using from-to in a list

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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Semicolons with two-item list

I found a previous answer on here that said "Normally, a semicolon would be used in a construction with three or more list items, not just two." But I'm curious about this because a list of ...
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Punctuation with two sets of lists

I am puzzled how punctuation would work with two lists in a sentence. Am I using the semi-colon correctly here? "Those strawberries were ripe, red, and juicy; fruits with great taste, texture, ...
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List of people including non-restrictive appositive

I'm editing a book with this sentence: 'Viroj, his wife, Pranom, Joan and I were duly ushered into an audience room at Chitralada Palace.' Viroj's wife is Pranom so Pranom is set off with commas as a ...
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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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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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Punctuating lists containing negative elements

I came across some sentences similar to these: I would like my burger with no mustard, jalapeños, lettuce, and pickles. I would like my burger with mustard, no jalapeños, lettuce, and pickles. I can'...
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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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Singular or Plural Before List? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a list of features available in my product, and I'm confused what the title should be: Should I say "Features List" (features are plural) or "Feature List" (...
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Is this the correct use of commas in a list?

This is a teacher-run, flexible, inclusive, event. OR This is a teacher-run, flexible, inclusive event. Which of these should I be using and what is the grammatical reason for this? Thank you!
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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Listing two sets of times. 8 months, 7 days since we ____ and 1 years, 3 months, 24 days since we first began to ___

I'm trying to write out a sentence with two sets of times. 6 months, 3 days since we ____ and 1 years, 4 months, 28 days since we first began ______. This just doesn't feel right to me.
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enumeration with many items

How do you say the following correctly: The athlete goes swimming, then cycling, running, taking a shower and relaxing, in that order. So in a long sentence, if I do not want to state then after ...
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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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Singular or plural when the numeral for an additional item [eg 1 (+1) apple/s] is in parentheses?

Suppose I have a list: 2 oranges, 3 kiwis, and 1 (+1) apples. The second apple was added to the basket by someone else, but is of equal importance. Is the plural of apples correct, or should it be ...
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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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Are “after” and “before” inclusive or exclusive in common everyday language usage

In normal everyday language use: following examples exhibit a)Date of birth is after 13/2/2017 exhibit b)Date of birth is before 13/2/2017 does (a) mean 13/2/2017 is also included? (b) mean 13/...
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Semicolon as Super-comma

I hear I can use a semicolon as a "super-comma", where I'm listing three or more elements that have commas within them. I'm wondering, then, if this is correct: Our objective function is the annual ...
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Use of punctuation in complex list with two sets of appositives

How would you punctuate the sentence below? Is it okay the way it is? I've never seen a sentence that introduced more than one list with a colon. I considered just taking out the colons. I also ...
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What is the best way to word a description of a dinner special with options [closed]

My family recently ordered takeout from a local restaurant. My brother, father and I ordered the dinner special. This special included five side dishes, three of which were determined by the ...
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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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What is the correct verb here? Is or are?

Example: “In the performance category is the/are the/there are: 1) Al-Taghrooda, a traditional Bedouin chanted poetry 2) Al-Ayyala, a traditional performing art 3) Al-Azi, a traditional recital
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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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Use of ampersands for nested conjunctions

Consider the sentence: "The zoo contained giraffes, white & black rhinos, and Indian & African elephants." Here ampersands are used for the inner conjunctions, but not the outer level. Is ...
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Where can I find a list of categorical words?

I have found a way to significantly reduce the difficulty of learning vocabulary words. It involves the concept of words that are defined in terms of other words. Words belonging to a particular ...
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How do I write dialog where list items are prefixed with letters?

I have dialog with a list of reasons, each prefixed by a letter of the alphabet. How do I write this, as spoken by a character in a book? Example: Tom said, "I love her because Ay, she makes me ...
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What is the correct punctuation to use before the details of an item in a bulleted list?

The examples I found use single words or phrases. I can't find the answer for my case, but that could be because I don't know what you would call this introductory part of a bulleted list or what ...
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Should “The” be used before each element in a list

Which is correct - "The cheese, the milk and the potatoes" or "The cheese, milk and potatoes"
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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 we refer to a item in a numbered list

I have a longer text. Let's say I have a numbered list, like this, (1) Item 1 (2) Item 2 (3) Item 3 Later I want to reference the list, such as As described above, cf. [this is ...
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Listing adjectives of an object separately

I am aware of the standard order of adjectives preceding a noun. A group of us are having a discussion on how to properly label something when adjectives are labeling it outside of standard sentence, ...
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Question mark followed by a comma or semi colon in a list

Is it ever okay to follow a question mark with a comma or semi-colon? For example, would any of the following be valid? 1 The main questions addressed in the literature are: who said it?, what does ...
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Continue sentence after enumeration — comma needed/advised?

I have a sentence that continues after an enumeration, such as the following: Due to X, it is difficult for researchers, lecturers and students, but also expert engineers, to apply Y. I'm wondering ...
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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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Is it correct to refer to the last 2 items in a list as “the latter two”?

For example, the phrase: I should quit trying to go to the gym on Fridays, and maybe Wednesdays and Mondays, and go on Thursdays plus any of the latter two. What the speaker is trying to say is ...
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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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List semi-colons?

Eleanor Roosevelt played an active political role. She wrote newspaper columns, made speeches and radio broadcasts, traveled widely, and listened to the concerns of women, minorities, and ordinary ...
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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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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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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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