1. katica
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    The use of "and"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by katica, Feb 22, 2011.

    Is it ever acceptable to use the word "and" more than once in a sentence? What are the rules for it?

    I was always taught that it wasn't, but I'm not sure how to phrase certain sentences without it.

    An example I just wrote from my story:

    "Mr. Thimbleby gave her a mop and a wash cloth and took her in the direction of the laboratory."

    Do I really need to separate that into two sentences? I just don't want to use "and" incorrectly.
     
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    Mr. Thimbleby gave her a mop and a wash cloth, and took her in the direction of the laboratory.

    Your sentence is legit, but take a look at it with the comma I added. Your way was technically correct, but with the comma it seems a little easier to read.

    What you don't want to do is this:

    Mr Thimbley gave her a mop and a wash cloth and a broom and a dust pan and a bucket.
     
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    It's certainly not grammatically incorrect to use multiple ands; it's a style issue. I'd say that each additional "and" needs to have just a little more justification--if you'd gotten to three, you'd need a really good reason for not breaking up the sentence.

    But your two-and sentence, with guamyankee's comma, looks just fine to me.

    ChickenFreak
     
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    Maybe it's UK thing, but don't think comma is either necessary or correct after wash cloth.

    Why not change it to:

    Mr. Thimbley gave her a mop and wash cloth before taking her in the direction of the laboratory.
     
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    Off Topic: Mr. Thimbleby, great name, I like it!
     
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    it's totally a style issue... a list can certainly have multiple 'and's if there's a good reason to repeat them... such as for emphasis... or in dialog, if that's how the character would speak...
     

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