[Grammar] I want to provide them with basic necessities such as food and clothing.

newkeenlearner

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Hi,

Below is my original sentence:
I want to provide those poor people with basic necessities such as food and clothing.

Now, If I wanted to include all basic necessities , which phrase would be suitable as an alternative to " such as"? I know we use 'such as' to avoid repeating all items in a list. However, I want to name all of them in my sentence, for example:

I want to provide them with basic necessities, food, clothing, shelter, housing.

Thanks.
 
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Use a colon after necessities and add and before the last item in the list.
 

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How can you include all of them? Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet tissue, sanitary napkins, condoms?
You are SO right.
Use the original, change the period to a comma, and then type "etc."

I want to provide those poor people with basic necessities such as food and clothing, etc.
 

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Use a colon after necessities and add and before the last item in the list.
I want to provide those poor people with basic necessities: Food, clothing and shelter.
 
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