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    Dear Friends,


    Which would you prefer:

    1. I will talk about the colour, the shape and the consumption of this car.
    2. I will talk about the colour, shape and consumption of this car.
    3. I will talk about the colour, shape, and the consumption of this car.?

    Thanks a lot.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: the

    I would prefer the second one. 'The' doesn't looks nice to me being repeated...

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    #3

    Re: the

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,


    Which would you prefer:

    1. I will talk about the colour, the shape and the consumption of this car.
    2. I will talk about the colour, shape and consumption of this car.
    3. I will talk about the colour, shape, and the consumption of this car.?

    Thanks a lot.

    Palinkasocsi
    2. but you need to write "fuel consumption". Otherwise it sounds like you're talking about the car being consumed!

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    #4

    Re: the

    I agree that 2 is preferred, but 1 is acceptable. The 3rd one is not parallel - keeping the "the" for only the third element doesn't work.

    I also agree that "consumption" on its own was most puzzling!

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