real old <and> spooky <and> spiderwebby.

egiu

Senior Member
Chinese
In:
It was a small church,
real old and spooky and spiderwebby.
(S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders)
Here are two ands in the sentence.
What I learn is that than there are more than two "things", we put in commas.

Just like:
He is tall, handsome and well-educated.

Can I write:
He is tall and handsome and well-educated.
instead?

If there are more than three elements, can I write in a way like:
She is elegant and beautiful and brainy and well-spoiled.
?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Can I write:
    He is tall and handsome and well-educated.
    instead?
    You can. People sometimes use sentences like this for their dramatic, forceful quality. This repetition creates tension in the sentences.

    If there are more than three elements, can I write in a way like:
    She is elegant and beautiful and brainy and well-spoiled.

    ?
    You can. Once again, this type of sentence sounds dramatic and forceful.

    cross-posted with Glen again :)
     
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