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    Can "and" be used in this way?

    Hi everyone,

    I was taught that if I want to write about 3 kinds of object, I should structure my sentence in this way:
    e.g. I have apples, oranges(,) and watermelons.

    However, sometimes during my reading, I encounter sentences like this:

    The first day they were very active, pottering about
    with hammers and nails and red calico, to put up cur-
    tains, make their house habitable and pretty; resolved
    to settle down comfortably to their new life.

    (From Joseph Conrad's "An Outpost of Progress")

    Is such usage grammatical?

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Can "and" be used in this way?

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I was taught that if I want to write about 3 kinds of object, I should structure my sentence in this way:
    e.g. I have apples, oranges(,) and watermelons.

    However, sometimes during my reading, I encounter sentences like this:

    The first day they were very active, pottering about
    with hammers and nails and red calico, to put up cur-
    tains, make their house habitable and pretty; resolved
    to settle down comfortably to their new life.

    (From Joseph Conrad's "An Outpost of Progress")

    Is such usage grammatical?

    Thank you very much!
    Yes. Both ways are grammatical.

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