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  1. Newbie
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    Red face is that parallel? So simple but not easy, please help!

    Dear teacher,
    I have a sentence following:

    I have a nice wife, a clever son and a large and beautiful house.

    And I am wondering:

    1. Are the series parallel? (because “house” have 2 adjectives while the others have only one adjective)

    2. Can I use 2 “and” words like that?

    3. Do I need a comma before the last phrase (and a large and beautiful house)?

    I am looking forward to seeing your answers. Thank you very much in advantage!

    Yours sincerely,
    Ma Tien Chuong

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    Re: is that parallel? So simple but not easy, please help!

    Ex: I have a nice wife, a clever son and a large and beautiful house.

    Ma Tien Chuong, it's a good sentence. You could, if you wanted to, replace the second 'and' with a comma, like this,
    Ex: I have a nice wife, a clever son and a large, beautiful house.

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