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Is it grammatically correct to have full sentences in a list?

Example: Her eyes were puffy, her lips were cracked, and her hair was a mess. It is grammatically correct to put full sentences (independent clauses) in a list separated by commas? (Maybe they are ...
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Omitting articles in a list of attributes - is the meaning & grammaticality preserved?

His athleticism, an unmatched awareness of his surroundings, and an undying love for the sport are what make him one of the best. His athleticism, unmatched awareness of his surroundings, and undying ...
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Singluar or plural word with two modifiers

I have an effect that is made up of two parts and I have written the following sentence to describe them: We test the importance of the status-enhancing and the status-suppressing components of the ...
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Relative clause applies to all nouns in the list or the last noun only

When a list of nouns is followed by relative clause or -ed participle, how can we decide whether the relative clause applies only to the last noun in the list or to all the nouns in the list... For ...
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Should I use a comma before and (Comma Before And in Lists) in the following sentences?

Grammarly advices me to add , before and in the following phrases and sentences with the following comment It seems that this sentence contains a series of three or more words, phrases, or clauses. ...
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Comma before “and” separating two nontrivial items?

Consider the sentence The net simulates programs with at least 𝑓(𝑥) copies of each 𝑥 ⊆ 𝑆 with 𝜑(𝑥) (,) and exactly 𝑓(𝑥) copies of each 𝑥 ⊆ 𝑆 with 𝜓(𝑥). The parens around the comma mean ...
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How do I write bullet lists?

I'm in despair... I have a very good grasp of how to write bullet lists in my own language (there is one single set of rules that should always be used), and I've just assumed the rules are the same ...
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Plural or singular verbs with lists of single elements

Another plural/singular verb question that I feel must have been asked before but cannot find a good example on ELL or the usual grammar websites. I know the rules for compound subjects. The dog and ...
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How to use commas and “and” in a list of three items where the first two items are followed by a parenthetical remark “(both…)”?

Let's assume you adhere to the Oxford-comma style and write American English. Then, beyond any reasonable doubt, the sentence A. Mary bought fish, meat (which smelled rotten), and bread. is perfect....
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Do comma-separated options in a list default to relate as "and" or "or"?

A native English speaker said: ...with respect to any given country a person can: be a citizen, be a national but not a citizen, be eligible to become a citizen by taking some active step(s) - a ...
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Verb conjugation in bullet lists

I have a bullet list and each item has a description. Please, see the verb conjugation in the options below. Option A: Clone: Duplicate the post. New Draft: Duplicate the post and open the new clone. ...
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The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane

My original sentence is The man near the door who is pretending to be cool who has a red hat is a friend of Jane. In this sentence, I intended to use "defining relative clause" with "...
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I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden by some countries and that

I'm curious about the grammatical accuracy of the sentence below I'm talking about the truths for every human, hidden intentionally by some countries, about our future, and that we have to learn as ...
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How to scan THREE items connected by "and"s?

I found a sentence in the Reader's Choice (5th Edition, by Sandra Silberstein, Barbara K. Dobson and Mark A. Clarke) that has three items connected by "and"s in it: These efforts can assure ...
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"The" at the Beginning of a List

Which of these examples is correct, and why? (1) The first, second, and the third. (2) The United States, European Union, and the United Kingdom. OR (1) The first, the second, and the third. (2) The ...
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When can I drop the and on a list

I saw this on the grammar section of a standardized test. The subjects they picked ranged from Dust Bowl refugees to civil rights activists, Olympic champions to labor organizers, land disputes to ...
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Comma with OR in a verb list containing in an introductory phrase

Here is a sentence from the New York Times. Every time a person runs a Google search, watches a YouTube video or sends a message through Gmail, the company’s data centers full of computers use ...
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How do I express three items gracefully?

If you have two things, you can say: One thing is A, the other is B. But is there any word group to describe three things that I have? I can only say with my poor English skills: There are three ...
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"the most active and energetic" or "the most active and most energetic"?

She is the most active and energetic social worker in our club. My grammar book is saying this is wrong and it should be: She is the most active and most energetic social worker in the club. ...
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How to refer to a series of pairs?

To enumerate all the pairs of jeans I have, using commas and without repeating "pair", may I put it like this: I have a pink, a black, a grey, two dark and a blue pairs of jeans. Should I ...
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Use of the word "and" or "or" in a list of objects

Major nonconformity: a significant nonconformity of one or more pharmacovigilance processes that could potentially adversely affect the rights, safety and well-being of patients. Would it be logical ...
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Plural or singular in lists

This probably has been asked before but I don't know exactly what good keywords are to search for an answer. I wonder if the plural form has to follow a list of descriptors. Given the following ...
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Don't we need a conjunction between two clauses?

Isn't a conjunction such as as needed bewteen the two bolded clauses? Or, if it is just okay, I want to know why. The desire for fame has its roots in the experience of neglect, in injury. No one ...
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Conjunction to use after "one of the following" + comma-separated list

In the following sentence, which conjunction (and or or) should be used? One from these programming languages is good: PHP, Java, and/or Perl. If I use and since the sentence is referring to a ...
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Should I include “as a” for every item in a list of jobs, or just the first item?

I have a doubt: should I write: I worked as a teacher, as housekeeper manager, as a Rep, etc. or I worked as a teacher, housekeeper manager, Rep, etc.
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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Can an elliptical construction be used in a list?

Elliptical constructions can be used to omit certain words that are inferred by context. For example, “I went swimming, and John went [swimming], too.” However, can elliptical constructions be used ...
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Using periods in enumerated lists

A couple of colleagues of mine pointed out to me that I should not end a list point with a period. For example: There a few things that I would like to address in the meeting: We should ...
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Comma to end a series and set it off from the rest of a sentence

The following is a question from the ACT that I answered incorrectly with H. It illustrates an important rule regarding commas in a series that I'm still mixing up. The gray highlighted portion can be ...
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Plural or singular use in combination with a list

I quite often see constructions like The mean value of A, B, and C is 1, 2, and 3, respectively. I would expect it to be rather The mean values of A, B, and C are 1, 2, and 3, respectively. ...
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When to omit determiners in a list

Because of execution time, cost, and expected outcome, we do not pursue these experiments further. or Because of the execution time, the cost, and the expected outcome, we do not pursue these ...
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Is it acceptable to use "etc." in IELTS Writing Exam?

Someone told me that "etc." is not formal. However, based on my research in internet, some people said that it is acceptable to use "etc." in academic paper. How about IELTS writing exam then? Is "...
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Can I omit "is" in the following way of presenting list items?

The first item I drop into my shopping basket is a mayonnaise tuna rice ball. The second (is) a cup of instant noodles. The third (is) a can of dry beer. Can I drop the two last isses? Why or why ...
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Is it wrong to use nouns when listing hobbies (as opposed to using verbs)?

For example. Would it be wrong to say: My hobbies are singing, shopping, soccer, and stationery. Why or why not?
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I do not know how to correctly write this kind of sentence

A man is selling fruits and there are 3 kinds: apple, banana and melon. In the above sentence ":" is used, but if I do not want to use ":", how should I write a sentence? I am thinking of A man ...
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Can I omit the "was'ses" In the following list?

Her hair was not too long or too short, her face (was) not too round or too angular, her body (was) not too thin or too thick. I think you can omit "was" in certains lists. But I'm not sure if that'...
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How many "or" should be written in case of three or more choices?

How many "or" should be written in case of three or more choices? For example: when having three choices, I can write two times "or", or just one time as follow: black or white or red. or ...
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Is "you can enjoy local foods, which are very cheap and exquisite, enjoy shopping, and more" grammatically correct?

There was a line in a tourism pamphlet that caught my eye. It was like the following: Nearby the hotel is a one of the world's largest commercial complexes where you can enjoy local foods, which are ...
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How should I punctuate the first part of my list?

This is part of a resume. Work Experience: Freelance Translator Translated two files of a hotel (525 words) and edited the translation of a third one (392 words) for a translation ...
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Do we use an article with every item in a list of countable singular nouns?

For example: An RLC circuit is composed of resistor, inductor, and capacitor elements. Or: An RLC circuit is composed of a resistor, an inductor, and a capacitor elements. Which one is ...
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Articles of a bullet-pointed sentence?

I frequently noticed that sentences in a bullet-point list do not start with articles like 'a' or 'the'. For example, today I saw the usage below: Professor is coming around 3:00 PM. Rather than ...
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Is the word "to" necessary when you list actions?

Which one is correct for a list with "objectives" or "goals" (e.g. for resume or something formal)? Improve something Learn more about something Work with something OR To improve something To learn ...
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Is or are in this context

Which of the following is right in this context? Who is your favourite footballer and cricketer? Who are your favourite footballer and cricketer?
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verbs for sentence beginning there [duplicate]

There was a sword and shield by the lion. There were a sword and a shield by the lion. Which of the two is correct? Both sound awkward.
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Vocabularies about the speed of walking [closed]

As I'm learning vocabulary, I've learned new words such as stroll, canter, gait, gallop, trot, walk, run, sprint, etc.. could anyone make a list of words that talks about such things in an ascending ...
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What is Proper Format for a Numbered List (Series) within a Sentence [closed]

I know there a lot of ways to format a numbered series or list within a sentence. My question pertains to the proper use of parentheses when writing the list continually without hitting the return ...
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Can we use more than one 'and' to connect the items in a list?

Ms. Silver had been talking about different habitats. While she talked, she pointed to posters on the bulletin board labeled THE OCEAN and THE RAIN FOREST and THE PRAIRIE. Then she talked about ...
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How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...
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Can I use more than one "and" in a list?

Can I use more than one "and" in a list? Which sentence is correct, and why is it correct? Thank you for reading. "I am a good person, an exemplary citizen, and I want to make the system work better."...
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How should I write a sentence that has multiple questions?

I got these words from a speech, so I'm not entirely sure how I would write this... Is the website easy to navigate? Easy-to-read? Well-structured? Concise? "Easy-to-read" and the others are ...
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