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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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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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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 ...
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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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list separated by commas with no "and" at the end

Is it possible to have a list of items separated by commas where the last item in the list is not preceded by 'and'? For example, "the river runs through dense bush, towns, cities, farms, dams, ...
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What is the best way to express relations between one party on one side, and two on the other

I recently read the following sentence: He helped normalize relations between the US and Vietnam and Laos. Assuming Vietnam and Laos already had normal relations with each other (which they might ...
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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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List at start of a sentence

How would I correctly place a list at the start of a sentence? For example, how what is the correct way to write: Pens, markers, pencils I had it all. If a comma doesn't work, could I use a hyphen ...
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Should the introductory sentence of a bulleted list end with a colon or a period?

Which of the two examples below is the right way to punctuate the introductory sentence before a bulleted list where each list item is a complete sentence ending with a period? Example 1 There are a ...
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How to nest lists within sentences

I'm working with a sentence that looks like this: John thinks that there is a problem with department X because "picking an item from department X and moving it to another department" will crash ...
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Comma after "approximately" at the beginning of a list of figures

I am in the process of editing some proofs of an article for a scientific journal and came across the following sentence (somewhat edited as the relevant data has not yet been published): ...
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Specific vocabulary request for a family of words [duplicate]

This is my first question on this website, so I hope I don't embarrass myself. While I was helping my friend study for the GRE exam, I noticed that a lot of the vocabulary lists contained two word ...
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Is it acceptable to use plural nouns and mass singular in a list together? [duplicate]

I was taught that when you form a comma-separated list, they should have the same form (singular or plural). I encountered the sentence below and I can't tell if it is grammatically correct. I ...
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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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Punctuation after a list introduced by a colon in the middle of a sentence [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: I am particularly grateful to seven people: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G[?] for our numerous merry gatherings, whether with reason or not. The question is: What ...
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"Basic idea is" or "Basic ideas are"

Not sure how to adequately describe a process. Say I want to describe how to bake a cake. Which would be a better fit? The basic idea of making a cake is to mix up the batter, put the batter in a pan,...
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Using 'and' in an incomplete list

For my CV, I want to list a selection of units I have done at university. This list is not a complete list of all my units. Do I therefore need to add an 'and' at the end of the list? What I mean is: ...
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Punctuation when writing out a numbered list with the words "one", "two", etc

I am unsure of the proper way to write out a numbered list when the individual numbers "one, two", etc. are spelled out. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: "The plan failed for three ...
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The use of the words "and" and "well" at the end of a sentence that is a list - conversational inclusion of the word "well"

I'll start with the sentence at hand; it's a doozy! "I think Sherry cultivates a totally different/unique type of account person and mentality on her team: customer service is far and away #1, plus ...
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The Oxford Comma and its relation to a list with only two entries. [closed]

The sentence is as follows: I work in disaster management and prevention, and international aid and development. 2 Questions: Can a list include just two entries as above? Can the Oxford comma be ...
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Comma or semicolon to separate a list from 'which'

Food like apples, oranges, and bananas, which are rich with vitamins, are delicious. Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I know that the comma after 'oranges' is optional (I prefer to use ...
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How to list people with a short explanation

Andy, Bob, Christine, his girlfriend, Debby and I are going for dinner tomorrow. Christine is Bob's girlfriend. There are no other relations. There are five people altogether. Is the quoted ...
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Is there any rule which dictates the ordering of non-proper, non-pronoun nouns in a list?

For example, Is "Design, Operation, and Management," as equally good of a list as "Management, Operation, and Design?" My colleagues and I are having a tough time reasoning why one sounds better ...
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Can linking verbs and action verbs be together as elements of the same list?

I am writing a sentence that contains a list of elements in it. Some of the elements are formed with linking verbs and some with action verbs. For example: Laura is a sexy lady, smells heavenly, ...
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Singular or Plural in a list?

When naming multiple things in the form in a list is it singular or plural? i.e. The charts can be found in Appendix A, B, and C. or The charts can be found in Appendices A, B, and C.
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What is the proper punctuation for examples that describe items in a list? [duplicate]

How would you punctuate a sentence that contains a list of items, with several examples for each item. For example: "I have found an existing relationship of qualities through a certain model: words ...
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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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Using plural to describe a compound list item

Say I have the following list: • DataDetail – Implements functionalities of the Data detail window, i.e., accepted data monitoring on individual ports of the FPGA multiplexers and the switch. • ...
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Serial Punctuation in multiple complex clauses, with references

I am trying to edit an academic paper, with a complex sentence which includes an interpolation within em dashes. The interpolation terminates with a reference in brackets, and is also the first item ...
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Can you format a bullet list as a paragraph (so to speak)?

I have no objection to using a bullet list, but to save space I'd like to make the list inline. I know it's not strictly correct grammar, but I know with numbered lists like: A good article is made ...
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Starting every item of an enumeration with to

I am writing a research and I have to describe a process. To do this I have chosen an enumeration as follows: To include ... To add ... To program ... To write ... I am not sure about ...
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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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And-Or Usage | Exclusion or Inclusion of Listed Items

During a debate the other night in the NM legislature there was a question as to whether the list in the paragraph pictured was exclusionary or inclusionary due to the use of "or" followed by an "and" ...
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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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Use of two em dashes or em dash and comma in appositives embedded in lists [closed]

I like dogs, cats—which are hairy—and hippos. or I like dogs, cats—which are hairy, and hippos.
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Verb after Comma list [closed]

If I were to write... Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism is the majority religion in China. Is this correct, because from what I remember the verb is, is suppose to connect the sentence with the last ...
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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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“Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” vs. “Bitter, sweet, alive.” [closed]

Here is a quote by Joanne Harris: Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive. Shouldn’t there be commas instead of full stops in the list at the end, ...
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How to avoid confusion when "and" is in a list

How do I avoid confusion when "and" is in a comma-separated list? E.g. "The guy eats, weighs a lot, and moves and jumps well." If I don't use a serial comma, it would be: E.g. "The guy eats, ...

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