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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Incomplete list of subjects in technical writing

I want to enumerate an incomplete but exemplary list of stakeholders and a basic property in a scientific/technical paper/proposal. I'm unsure about what the most appropriate way to do so is. ...
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Incomplete Lists [closed]

I have the following sentence. There is a vast amount of fields to choose from: biology, computer engineering, and politics, just to name a few. Is this grammatically correct? Is there a better ...
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Does “or”, “and” at the end of a list determines meaning of the list? [closed]

I am confused with usage of "or" in a list. I found a similar question, Is it correct to use the conjunction “or” more than twice in one sentence? but this is not what I am looking for. Here is an ...
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How to compactly write a list with common words [closed]

I have a list in some technical writing, say: distributed computing, grid computing, and cloud computing. I would like to make it more compact, such as: distributed, grid, and cloud computing. But ...
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When offering a list of examples that is 3-4 items long in parenthesis, how is it formatted?

When offering a list of examples, I've seen it done 4 different ways: (e.g., x, y, and z) (e.g., x, y, z) (x, y, and z) (x, y, z) Which of these is correct? Are they all okay to use? Example used ...
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Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
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Is this the right usage of respectively? Is this sentence clear?

Is this the correct use of respectively? 40% weight was placed on client evaluations, with 30%, 20%, and 10% weight attributed to manager, peer, and self-evaluations respectively. Also is it ...
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Semicolon in a series of items

I wrote a sentence as follows and my editor replaced the commas with semicolons. Generally, if a list has internal punctuation the semicolon is preferred to break up the elements, but what if the ...
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Movie title after ':' (colon) [duplicate]

When I'm writing a sentence like this: Favorite movie: Batman Do I put Batman in italics or not?
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Adjectives modifying a list

"The Bank's information department is responsible for the related system maintenance, obstacle removal and backup process." Does the adjective "related" modify all three items in the list or only ...
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A better way to phrase this sentence, (list of comparisons), without placing unintended emphasis on the first list item?

I have the following sentence... This power of information, privacy, is the foundation of our ability to have a different relationship with our teachers than we do our friends, our partners, and our ...
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Writing a list with different levels of importance [closed]

The following sentence has a list with three levels of importance with each level having a list of items. Common carbonate minerals, mainly calcite and dolomite, to a lesser extent ankerite, and in ...
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Using 'such as' or a list mid list in academic writing

How do I add additional information to an item within a list without making it seem unclear? The cars in the lot were bright colours such as red, many models such as Ford and Toyota, and missing ...
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Punctuation using e.g. (or i.e.) and lists of examples

Example: "...folders you want to export e.g., Inbox, Sent, etc. and choose..." I'm wondering if the above sentence fragment is appropriately punctuated. I've recently started using e.g. and am myself ...
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...
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“Damage to the undercarriage; damage caused by water”

Does this phrase mean that damages to the undercarriage caused by water is not covered, OR does it mean damage to the undercarriage is not covered regardless of the cause, and that damage to the ...
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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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Should I use a colon or semicolon in a list that doesn't end with “and”?

Should I use colon or semicolon in the following? I liked the atmosphere: the rusty tables, the old wooden walls, the Western-style counter.
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Punctuation for a list of names in the middle of a sentence

Under the direction of General Manager, Rian Wagner, a motivated project team, including: Edison Ven, Gary Bon, Justin Bembi, Marco Conch, Leo Bold and Richard Trolo, led the effort to bring the area ...
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Grammar for a list within a list that does not start with a colon

I'm trying to make sure my writing is correct for the following sentence: Our scanners are not affected by rain, snow, glare from the sun, or electrical interference from cell phones, radios, Wi-Fi,...
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When are “and” and commas used in a list of adjectives?

When are "and" and commas used in a list of adjectives? For example, Poor little rich girl, or Poor, little and rich girl (or Poor, little, and rich girl)?
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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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commas or period after beginning a sentence with a list of nouns?

Elon Musk, Martin Luther King, and David Goggins[comma/period] What do all of these people have in common? Because the list is a dependent clause it should be a comma right?
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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 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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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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Punctuating quoted items in a list [duplicate]

Comma or not comma? That is the question! Notice they each tout features like, "Vitamins A, C, and E," "Olive Leaf Extract," and "Sustainable Orange Stem Cells." OR: Notice they each tout features ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Plural and singular items in the same list [duplicate]

Which is correct? The list contains a plural item, but it also contains singular items. So would I use "are" in this sentence? "An applicant with an undergraduate degree in business is supposed to ...
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Correct comma usage in a list with groups

I am writing a list of features, and am stuck on how to correctly handle the comma usage. There are, essentially, "groups" within the list that are throwing me off. I'm going to be a bit long-winded ...
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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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How is the rule with the ending comma in sequences in a sentence? [duplicate]

Saying an English sentence with a listing or sequence of several terms, there will always be a comma in between each term and it will end with an "and" before the last term. My question is, should ...
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Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? [duplicate]

Should I add a full stop/period at the end of each item in a bullet point list? i.e. My first item. My second item. My third item. or My first item My second item Or what about a longer item that ...