Go from short to long, simple to compound.
Count the syllables
- bananas and plums plums and bananas
- Chevies, Fords, and Toyotas Fords, Chevies, and Toyotas
- Vancouver, Surrey, and Hope Hope, Surrey, and Vancouver
- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, It, and Jurassic Park It, Jurassic Park, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
- Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear. Macbeth, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet.
Put compound elements last
liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and life life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
Now we understand that:
- the shorter goes before the longer
- fewer letters before more letters.
- It’s as simple as the bees and the birds.
- It’s as easy as cream and peaches.
- Remember this rule when you read about myrrh, gold, and frankincense.
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