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He was smart and handsome.

He was smart and he was handsome.

First looking at the writing, it was beautiful. It was eloquent, mature, and really drew you into the story.

First looking at the writing, it was beautiful. It was eloquent, it was mature, and it really drew you into the story.

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Is there any usage, or meaning differences between these?

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With regards to meaning there is no difference. Both sets of sentences have the same meaning.

The use of he/it was can help the writer draw emphasis to those adjectives by interrupting the flow of the sentence, but this is more of a stylistic choice than one dictated by grammar.

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