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    Three-pronged paragraph

    I'm writing a personal letter and I want to present three topics with a sentence qualifying each topic. I'm unsure whether I should use a normal colon, a semi-colon or commas.
    My sentence is currently something like this:
    Three options: Option A - option A is good because, Option B - option B has this merit, and Option C - option C should not be overlooked.


    But I believe this isn't optimal since it doesn't feel idiomatic and the sentence is, in my view, too long. What would be the most idiomatic way of constructing such a paragraph in a neat way?

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    Re: Three-pronged paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by Tfudla View Post
    I'm writing a personal letter and I want to present three topics with a sentence qualifying each topic. I'm unsure whether I should use a normal colon, a semi-colon or commas.
    My sentence is currently something like this:
    Three options: Option A - option A is good because, Option B - option B has this merit, and Option C - option C should not be overlooked.


    But I believe this isn't optimal since it doesn't feel idiomatic and the sentence is, in my view, too long. What would be the most idiomatic way of constructing such a paragraph in a neat way?
    Hello Tfudla, and welcome.
    Try, e.g.,

    As for transport to the city, you have three options:
    A- You could take the tram, which is cheap, safe, but somewhat slow.
    B- The #123 bus is another option, but it doesn't always run on time.
    C- You can catch a taxi, but that's more expensive.

    In one sentence, you could say:
    You can get to the city by tram which is cheap, safe but a little slow, or you could catch the #123 bus which is okay but not always on time, or you might consider taking a taxi but that's a little expensive.

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