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Plurality of verb depending on plurality of list elements

This question is also open on EL&U: “There Is”/“There are” depends on plurality of the first list element or not? Considering the amount of controversy it aroused, I believe it's past "Learners'" ...
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Is it necessary to use commas in lists before the conjunction?

I have seen many sentences like this: "Capitalism, Socialism, and Anarchism" and this: "She was happy, and cheerful" Do we have to use a comma before "and", or is it incorrect? If it is not, ...
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Does *first of all* always go with *second of all*?

According to Ngram, first of all is twice as popular as firstly, but secondly is a hundred times more popular than second of all. When I present two points, do I have to be consistent in the choice ...
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Do I need to add “the” into this sentence?

The bases for growth in the real estate industry include sustainable economic growth, rapid urbanization due to expanded investment on the transportation and infrastructure system, high demand for ...
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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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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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Position of myself in a sentence

Can we use myself at the beginning of a number of nouns, as in the following sentence: My family consists of myself, my wife and our three children.
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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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You lied to me, and you cheated on me, and you offended me

I would like to know whether the following sentence should be punctuated with comma or not: You lied to me, and you cheated on me, and you offended me. In my language, as the sentence in question ...
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“For example” and “such as”

when we use "for example" or "such as" in writing, do we have to use a specific tense? All websites talk about the punctuation,but want to know about the suitable tense or grammar.
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missing commas between coordinate adjectives?

to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. As I see, in the noun phrase a mutually-agreed long-term ...
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Police ride horses and bikes

Police ride in cars, boats, on horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride in cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Which ones are correct? Also, is it ...
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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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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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Difference between the two positions of comma used?

I love apples, oranges, bananas and papayas. I love Aman, Akshay, Money, and Harry. What is the difference between the two statements? I have changed the position of comma used. What difference it ...
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Using “among others” for a list of workplaces

How is "among others" used properly? Is it used properly in this sentence?: I have among others worked in a bakery and a restaurant I've looked at the definition of it. It says: used to ...
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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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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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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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Why is this “Only” used here?

Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago. BY POE Why is this "Only" used here? What is it trying to modify?
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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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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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Concise travel directions for public transportation

I'm writing down travel instructions using public transportation. It's a list where each line should essentially contain three pieces of information: what line to use, what direction of the line (i.e. ...
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noun pattern; fabrication, finishing, assembly

The sentence goes like this: Structures classified in group f1 are occupied for the purpose of fabrication, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, assembly or processing of materials. Here the ...
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Is this a run-on? If so, how to fix it while maintaining flow?

Is the emphasized text a run-on sentence? I believe that a person who truly understands the value of their life will spend each and every moment aiming to become a stronger person: mentally, ...
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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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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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“properties of something and [of?] its something”

Which one is correct? Which one is more preferable in an academic context? properties of something and its something properties of something and of its something The properties studied are ...
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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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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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Why must I use “following” instead of “next” when introducing a list?

Why is it correct to say: We would like to thank the following contributors: Mr. X Mrs. Y Mr. Z while it is NOT correct to say: We would like to thank the next contributors: ...
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Connect three sentences and make a shorter sentence

Suppose three sentences: 1- I have eaten lunch. 2- I have slept. 3- I have come here. Is it right to say: 'I have eaten lunch, slept and come here.'? What about 'I have eaten lunch, have slept ...
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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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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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Serial comma in list of 2 items

When there are three (or more) items in a list, you write it like this: The British flag has red, blue, and white. But do you do the same for a list with two items, with a comma before the "and"? ...
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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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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 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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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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Listing skills in CV. Good knowledge or good knowledge of?

I'm writing a CV in English and I want to list my skills. Should I write: Good knowledge: X Y Z or: Good knowledge of: X Y Z I know that a proper form is for ...
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Should I use “who” twice in this sentence?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I'm a Turkish who is trying to learn Finnish, German and also wants to learn Russian. Can I also say: I'm a Turkish who is trying to learn Finnish, ...
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Is it necessary to use here double negative?

He never repeated the same story or not brought in the same set of characters. I want to avoid the use of nor. Then, is it correct to use double negative?
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are general assumptions in simple or passive way?

If I want to say a general assumption in my process, then should it be in simple present tense or passive form like Small segments locate isolated or close to each other are taken and updated ...
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Usage of “.. , and ..” vs “.. and … ” [duplicate]

I have noticed in that in cases when listing certain things, the following convention is used a, b, c, d and e But I have also seen some cases where a comma is used before the and: a, b, c, d, ...
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Why do we, at times, follow colon by consecutive full stops?

Let me reproduce a text: I have three answers: M is N. N is O. O is P. In the above text, three answers that follow are parts of the same sentence. This is evident from ":" (colon) ...
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In formal writing, when to use bullets and when the numbers?

While writing documents, blogs, articles, webpages and the like, I always get confused whether use bullets or number down the list of entities. Specifically, I want to know the preferred way (bullets ...
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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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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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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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Starting with verb in bullet list

My colleague wrote a presentation and I wonder if he is correct or not. The SDK is super cool Provides this unique feature Ensures wonderful capabilities Is it OK that each item in the bullet list ...