Nicole C.

asked • 01/25/21

punctuation for postpositive descriptive adjectives

Does the following sentence work as-is, or should the comma be either a colon or a dash, or should I just avoid this sentence structure?

"My colleagues appreciate that I am a team player, flexible and always willing to help out."

I do not mean to list 3 attributes (I'm not asking about oxford commas ;) I mean for 'flexible' and 'willing to help out' to describe a team player. An equivalent sentence would be 'He was built like an ox, solid and strong.'

Nicole C.

I think I'm going to go with "...team player, always flexible and willing to help out." I think putting 'always' after the comma and before the 2 descriptors makes it clearer that they are, in fact, descriptors of 'a team player' rather than part of a list that also includes 'team player'. Still waffling a little on the comma vs dash but probably going with comma. Thanks for the replies.
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01/28/21

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Georgianna H. answered • 01/25/21

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CHRISTINE D.

Both suggestions seem correct and flow while also enabling the intended meaning and purpose.
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01/27/21

Beth P.

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I would use the second example, because the first sentence does not flow. I would have inserted the words, "who is always willing to help out."
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01/29/21

Mohamed R.

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I agree with Beth.
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01/30/21

CHRISTINE D.

The use of a colon is to precede a list of 3 or more items
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01/27/21

Nicole C.

Not necessarily... "Reality TV stars should never be allowed to run for president. Example: Donald Trump." "The labrador gave the boy what he needed most: love."
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01/28/21

Mohamed R.

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A comma is preferred instead of a colon when we have an appositive. so I suggest "The Labrador gave the boy what he needed most, love."
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01/30/21

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