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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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Neither A nor B

As a native speaker, the basic usage of "neither" and "nor" are perfectly clear to me. However, natives may suffer from colloquial usage sounding more normal than formal grammar. I definitely have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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" ...
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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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Using “and” multiple times within a list

The sentence in question is: Today I went to the store, bought eggs, cheese, and milk, and bread. Is it ever proper to write the first and? Other cases I find use the and to connect one thing ...
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Sentences in parentheses, followed by semicolon

Here is the sentence. They are answers to a series of questions but the grammar must be accurate. It is on a chemistry topic, so you can ignore that aspect of it: (A) Bi has half of its 6p orbital ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Serial commas where list items are linked

Should one use the serial comma in all lists, or only those where each list item is independent? For example, where each item in the list belongs to the same noun: '...we looked at the geology, ...
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Using a colon after a single word

I write instructions for our assembly lines. Frequently, I need to call their attention to something that is not a step, but that they need to know. My usual way of doing this is to write, "Note: Do ...
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Split words in Enumeration

When enumerating conjoined words that share a common (the last) part, do you apply the same "splitting-" pattern in English as you would do in German, which is for instance: This chapter is about ...
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Alphabetic analogue of Numero sign (№)?

I'm typing up a spreadsheet that organises a television series's storyline, and the columns are supposed to be in the following format: . Is there an ordinal indicator I can put there where it says [...
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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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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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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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'one of the best stylists and most lucid minds'

"White is one of the best stylists and most lucid minds in this country." Do you like this sentence? ...'one of the best' -X- and 'most' -Y- ... I guess what it boils down to is my unfamiliarity ...
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Remove words in a list of descriptions

I'm writing a paper and I use a list to describe some notation in an equation: blah blah is described by the equation x=f(x,u,d), where x is the state vector, u (is) the input vector, and d (are) the ...
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Can I use “and” in this case.

I am writing about a fantastical creature and was unsure of how to describe it grammatically. It is combination of two different animals and was wondering if I could use "and" repeatedly in this way: ...
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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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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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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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“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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Can I refer to the object of the previous list item with “it”?

Is it ambiguous to use it to refer to the dog in the following sentence? I was seen driving the car, hitting the dog, and burying it.