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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses =...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using repetitive word in a list separated by comma [duplicate]

Which one is correct 1 or 2? Please Explain why. Such cluster offers a variety of advantages, such as reduced transport-, communication-, and transaction costs Such cluster offers a variety of ...
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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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Two "ands" in a list with a semicolon [duplicate]

"Every lesson is established on a model of personal power, a network of personality, character, and credibility; and firmly rooted in trust as its foundation." Or should it be "Every ...
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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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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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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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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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Capitalization for a bullet list

The following is from some software documentation we are writing: NOTE: Refreshing a report may be necessary or helpful when: you believe the data in the report has changed since it was ...
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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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Ordering of proper nouns in a list

While co-editing a document, I was bothered by the list: ... Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria ... I remember being taught to order lists alphabetically if no other logical ...
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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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how to write list of survivors in an obituary [closed]

Obituaries often include lists with this grammatical structure: John Doe is survived by his children, Steve Doe and his wife, June; Will Doe and his wife, Janet; Susan Richards and her husband, ...
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How should lists of questions be punctuated?

If one wishes to pose a series of questions in the form of a list, how would one go about punctuating that list? For example: I write to a colleague asking for an update on a project he is working ...
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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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Scientific/Technical paper: enumeration/listing questions

I have a couple of questions for writing a (computer science) scientific/technical paper about the recommended style to enumerate or give a list of things. This is my current sample: Sharing IoT ...
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Numbered lists and punctuation

How should I punctuate numbered lists in British English? Are all the colons, semicolons and punctuations correct? In the earlier submission: We presented a new statistical methodology. We showed ...
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Does this list need semicolons?

My editor replaced the commas with semicolons in my sentence below. If a list has internal punctuation, the semicolon is preferred to break up the elements, but is it necessary if the punctuation is ...
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Is it “Macaroni, cheese, and steak” or “Macaroni and cheese and steak”?

I want to list two things: "macaroni and cheese" and "steak". It should be clear that "macaroni and cheese" is one item. Because "macaroni and cheese" has a ...
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Confusion about the implied repetition (or not) of an adjective in a parallel construction

"I hate hard candy and olives." When someone says that, does it mean they hate candy and olives that are both hard, or hard candy and non-hard olives? If the latter, then wouldn't "I hate olives and ...
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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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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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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 bananas, kiwis, tomatoes, pineapples, watermelons, and; oranges. Otherwise, would ...
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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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