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    Listing specific things in a sentence

    There are items on my desk which also exists on another desk on my office. In my to-do list, I put down:
    Go to the office, and the collect trackball, the external hard disk, the mouse and the cooler fan.
    However, it sounded strange as the sentence is barraged with 'the's. I tried replacing 'the's with 'my's:
    Go to the office, and my collect trackball, my external hard disk, my mouse and my cooler fan.
    It still sounded strange. I realised that I cannot replace those 'the's with 'a's, otherwise I would change the whole meaning. I wanted to get a specific item in the office, not any item. What is the correct way of putting it all together?

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    Last edited by ikel; 13-Dec-2013 at 00:25. Reason: clarification

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    Re: Listing specific things in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ikel View Post
    There are items on my desk which also exists on another desk on my office. In my to-do list, I put down:


    However, it sounded strange as the sentence is barraged with 'the's. I tried replacing 'the's with 'my's:


    It still sounded strange. I realised that I cannot replace those 'the's with 'a's, otherwise I would change the whole meaning. I wanted to get a specific item in the office, not any item. What is the correct way of putting it all together?

    -Thanks.
    First, "collect" has to come after "and". After that, you can use one "the" or "my" before the first item and that will also apply to the other items on the list.

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    Re: Listing specific things in a sentence

    Lists often take this form: A,B,C and D

    You can add articles or pronouns for the first and last item, or even every item e.g. if you wish to create emphasis.

    I lost my wallet, keys and phone.... or ....I lost my wallet, my keys and my phone - emphasizes personal nature of "loss"
    I saw the Grand Canyon, Empire State building and Statue of Liberty.
    I found a spoon, fork and a knife.

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