The Inside Write Stuff: varieties of series coordination

(1) A lease can raise many legal issues – wrongful sub-lease and failure to preserve as well as eviction and material misrepresentation.

(2) A lease can raise many legal issues – wrongful sub-lease, failure to preserve, eviction, material misrepresentation.

(3) A lease can raise many legal issues – from wrongful sub-lease and failure to preserve to eviction and material misrepresentation

Variation (1) lets the lawyer join together related ideas within a list, while variation (2) omits the customary comma, thereby creating urgency or tempo. With variation (3), the coordination’s use of prepositions conveys another kind of relation, such as increasing severity or timing.

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