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    #1

    Enumeration of words

    There is a possibility to buy a lot of items (TVs, tables, doors, sinks...).
    Can use it like this?

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    #2

    Re: Enumeration of words

    There's a possibility of me/us buying a lot of items.

    However, I don't think it's natural.
    I think it sounds better to say "I/We might buy a lot of items".


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    #3

    Re: Enumeration of words

    I would naturally use:

    There is a possibility of buying a lot of items.

    Or

    There is a possibility of buying lots of items.

    You can also contract "there is" to "there's" if you wish.

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    #4

    Re: Enumeration of words

    Actually, I am more interested in listing. Can I use it in brackets like this or it is incorrect?

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    #5

    Re: Enumeration of words

    I would use a colon for a list of items rather than brackets.

    "There is a possibility of buying a lot of items: TVs, tables, doors and sinks.".

    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_04.htm

    But note "that the clause that precedes the colon must make complete sense on its own".


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    #6

    Re: Enumeration of words

    But if with word "like" or "for example"? And if a list implies extension.
    So with my first sentence like There is a possibility to buy a lot of items (like TVs, tables, doors, sinks...).
    How can use it better? And if it is right or not!

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    #7

    Re: Enumeration of words

    There's a possibility of buying a lot of items like TVs, tables, doors, sinks and so on.

    I think the sentence above is OK.

    (Edit)
    Or There's a possibility of buying a lot of items―TVs, tables, doors, sinks and so on.

    Last edited by tzfujimino; 18-Sep-2015 at 18:05.

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    #8

    Re: Enumeration of words

    You can also use such as instead of like in that sort of construction.

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    #9

    Re: Enumeration of words

    I think "such as" is better.

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    #10

    Re: Enumeration of words

    But my first sentence is fully incorrect or I can use it?
    There is a possibility to buy a lot of items (TVs, tables, doors, sinks...).
    And can I use it also as There is a possibility to buy a lot of items (like TVs, tables, doors, sinks...).?

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