Re: Multiple options for action?

Subject: Re: Multiple options for action?
From: "Cheverie, Paul [Cont]" <paul -dot- cheverie -at- GPO -dot- CANADA -dot- CDEV -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 10:23:00 EDT

You wrote:

> I am writing a manual where there are three different ways to perform
> an action. For example:

> To Create a New File
> Select New from the File menu, or click the New icon in the toolbar,
> or press Ctrl+N.

> An editor has crossed out the "or" before the second option. I want
> to keep it.

Sorry, but I think your editor is right. While I don't think there is
anything specifically wrong grammatically with your choice, the use of "or"
before the last clause of your sentence is unnecessary. The final "or" is
sufficient to differentiate between items on your list, unless of course one
of the options is a subset of another. If that is the situation, then you
need to reconstruct your sentence.
Best regards
Paul C.
paul -dot- cheverie -at- gpo -dot- canada -dot- cdev -dot- com

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