Is this sentence idiomatic or even grammatically correct?

It is easy to read, edit, remove, and visually appealing.

Here I have 3 verbs that are supposed to go with the adjective "easy". "visually appealing" is supposed to go with "It is".

Thank you!


Conjunctions join similar entities. The and you have there joins two adjective phrases (headed by easy and appealing), but you need another conjunction in there to join your three infinitives (read, edit and remove):

                   (a) read
       (1) easy to (b) edit
                   (c) remove
 It is  and

       (2) visually appealing

ADDED: As Tᴚoɯɐuo says, it would also be a courtesy to clarify the structure by repeating is (or even It is), which the reader may have forgotten after going through the easy phrase.

  • You could also make it easier by flipping it around a bit: It is visually appealing, and (is) easy to read, edit, and remove. – spoko Mar 7 '18 at 2:12

Those aren't just verbs, those are infinitives (verbs in an infinitive form). To + a verb is often an infinitive. There is an implied to in front of each of those words.


Stylistically you would repeat is:

It is easy to read, edit, and remove, and is visually appealing.

  • The second is is dispensable, but the conjunction you added is not. – StoneyB Mar 6 '18 at 23:51
  • Agreed. Hence, stylistically, and the and. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 6 '18 at 23:52
  • I would use a semicolon before the second and. – user178049 Mar 6 '18 at 23:55
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    @user178049 Not unless you're going to repeat the subject, too: . . .; and it is visually appealing. – StoneyB Mar 6 '18 at 23:56
  • @StoneyB Would it be an error if I still use the semicolon? I just find it more tidy with the semicolon. – user178049 Mar 7 '18 at 1:16

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