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Connecting two items in the mathematical let expression [duplicate]

In the second of the two sentences Now we are going to prove by induction that term₁(𝑝,𝑛)=term₂(𝑝,𝑛) for all 𝑝 for all 𝑛∈ℕ₊. To this end, let 𝑛∈ℕ₊ be arbitrary(,) and the statement proven for ...
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Comma between two relative clauses connected by “and”? [closed]

Is the comma in the sentence Let 𝜑: ℛ → ℕᵏ,  (𝑏₀,…,𝑏ₙ₋₁) ↦ ({𝑖<𝑛|𝑏ᵢ=𝑡ᵣ})ᵣ₌₀ᵏ⁻¹ be the map that, loosely speaking, counts how many copies of each of the 𝑘 balls there are in a row(,) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Semicolon as Super-comma [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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