I wrote:

We particularly investigate the attitude, the degree of familiarity and the need of faculty to such a system.

I used three nouns each of which takes a different preposition:

  • attitude to/toward
  • familiarity with
  • need for

Now which should I use between their conjunction and the system?

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All of them, because you have to use a conjunction and you can't use the wrong conjunction. You can rephrase the sentence using "it" as the object of each phrase, as "We particularly investigate the attitude of the faculty toward such a system, their degree of familiarity with it, and their need for it."

You will also sometimes see constructions like "We particularly investigate the faculty's attitude toward, degree of familiarity with, and need for such a system." (I think there is a name for this rhetorical device, but I cannot find it at the moment.)

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    +1 The device in your second paragraph is called "Right Node Raising" (RNR) and it's a legal barbarism which should be stamped out mercilessly. Jan 21, 2016 at 21:55
  • @StoneyB - Thanks for the name! I got a laugh out of "legal barbarism"...hey, some people hate the Oxford comma, some people hate singular they, some people hate right node raising...
    – stangdon
    Jan 21, 2016 at 22:47
  • The Oxford comma and singular they are spontaneous and vernacular; RNR is a wilful effort by people who should know better to prove that they're smarter than Great Mother English. Jan 21, 2016 at 23:17

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