Sometimes, I am confused on the correct usage of "and".


A beautiful car and a truck


A beautiful car and a beautiful truck.

have the same meaning? I want to know whether "beautiful" can be inherited by the noun "truck".

It is a dumb question, but I really want a clear explanation.

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  • Edited. I hope it is more clear this time. – lycnbb Sep 7 '16 at 2:59
  • To distribute the modifier beautiful to both nouns in your sentence, we use and like this: A beautiful car and truck. Introducing another article before a subsequent noun "breaks" the inheritance: A beautiful car and a truck. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Sep 7 '16 at 3:03
  • You need to repeat 'beautiful' if you want it to apply to both the car and the truck. – Alan Carmack Sep 7 '16 at 3:04
  • @P.E.Dant Thank you sir, so the "beautiful " is distributed as default. – lycnbb Sep 7 '16 at 3:04

A beautiful car and a truck

The truck is not beautiful or we don't know it's state of beauty.

A beautiful car and truck

Both the truck and car are beautiful.

A beautiful car and beautiful truck

Same as above. Use this to emphasize that both are beautiful or to make it extra clear.

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