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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Meaning: Work of WF (comprised of some stories and blockbusters) lacked enthusiasm, but remains respected in literature.
The sentence displays a bunch of modifiers which need to be reviewed before jump into the answer choices.
First, the sentence clearly and neatly mentions that this is work of WF which lacks enthusiasm (an uncountable noun).
Second, "comprised of a series... and a number of...." undoubtedly modifies the work, although it is not immediately before the comma. Notice that "of WF" is a prepositional phrase that can not be written anywhere else in this structure.
Third, the whole "overpoweringly complicated novels" phrase is a simple verb-ed modifier which gives extra info about the blockbusters.
and eventually only after these long modifiers we see the main verb, remains, which is non-underlined. so what was the subject? let's look back and get rid of all those modifiers:
Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, remains
That's great. so let's go over the answer choices:


A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, Correct as stated above

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels, Two things to consider, 1."enthusiasm" is uncountable! & 2.Sobject-verb agreement error: works (plural) don't match remains (singular)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, subject-verb agreement error as choice B.

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels, "enthusiasm" is uncountable!

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, subject-verb agreement error as choice B.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Tricky question, at the first glance it seems every answer choice looks exactly the same, :shocked but it’s not. Question tests how much attention you pay for little details and basic grammar.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,


Once we’ve read the original sentence we can infer that the sentence is about some “work” that is higly honored among American literary canon. Let’s see the sentence structure:
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Now (A) seems too good to be true, :tongue_opt2 let's keep and see other answer choices...

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("enthusiasms" - uncountable, "the works" - doesn't agree in number with our singular verb in non-underlined portion)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("the works" - doesn't agree in number with our singular verb in non-underlined portion)

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("enthusiasms" - uncountable)

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
("the works" - have 2 verbs "are comprised" and "remains", this 2 verbs are not connected properly, moreover "the works" doesn't agree in number with second verb in non-underlined portion, )

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Absolute winner is (A)
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,



IMO A

Generally works is used in the sense of construction, and Since we are talking about a writer, I removed B, C and E.

Out of A and D
lack of enthusiasms vs lack of enthusiasm, I will go with the latter, Because after the underlined portion there is a plural noun remains and we need a plural verb.
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I think its A. Cannot be enthusiasm"s" and shouldnt be "works", should be work.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( Correct )

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,( the works is incorrect, does not go with singular verb)

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( same issue of subject verb mismatch )

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,(a number of blockbuster would have been correct)

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,( no subject for verb remains)

Will go with option A

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generis wrote:

Explanations do not merely assert that "X violates the _____ rule." Explanations do not consist merely of highlighting words. Explain why the words are highlighted if you highlight.

fair enough :thumbup:

:lol: :lol: GKomoku , this comment is hilarious in context.

In your case (and others'), I can imagine the hilarious brainiac expert GMATNinja, who's good like that, writing,

"Um, generis, preach to the choir, much?"

Thanks for the laugh.

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If you say that someone is preaching to the choir, you mean that [she or he is] presenting an opinion to people who already agree with it.
That you are the one who caught and noted my comment is ironically perfect.

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

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A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

B,C,E --> out due to Subject verb agreement issue. The works(plural) and the verb remains(singular)
D - Usage of "enthusiasms" seems stylistically incorrect.

A seems to be the best choice among all.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

I agree that "enthusiasm" (A) is correct, and "enthusiasms" (D) is not correct; however, can someone explain to me how "a number of blockbuster" (A) is correct, as this appears to be a plural phrase, requiring "blockbusters".

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Anybody here! please throw light on a number of blockbuster and a number of blockbuster.
Nobody is talking about doesn't mean that both phrases are correct in context of question.
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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
B) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
C) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,
D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,
E) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the works of William Faulkner are comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION
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• The main verb of this sentence is remains and its subject is work

• Since both remains and work are singular, in option A they are in agreement. Keep option A.

• Choice B incorrectly changes enthusiasm to enthusiasms, so eliminate B

• Choice C changes work to works. The plural subject works is not in agreement with the singular noun remains, so C can be eliminated

• Choice D also changes enthusiasm to enthusiasms, so D can be eliminated.

• Finally, Option E also changes work to works [and the latter does not agree with [color=#0000ff]remains][/color], so E can be eliminated.

The correct answer is A

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Vanmotan and apwang and sanpreetsingh , welcome!

We face a long sentence and answers that look alike.

We should
-- strip the sentence
-- find the subject and verb
-- get a general idea of the meaning
-- look for differences among choices, and
-- use "splits" to eliminate answers.

(Splits and process of elimination (POE) are discussed on the first page of the SC Butler thread in this post..)

Use whatever works. Well, I take that back: do not look for a correct answer. Look for four wrong answers.

We do need to strip the sentence, though.

Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,[/u], remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Look for verbs first.
-- "comprised of" in this sentence means "made up of."
Comprised of is a past participle, not a verb
-- remains in the non-underlined portion is singular

Subject? work
This "work" means all of Faulkner's writing.

Modifier?
comprised of . . . look for nouns
STORIES
NOVELS

Intro?
Despite little enthusiasm

Strip the rest

Despite some initial lack of [LITTLE] enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicatednovels,[/u], remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

Meaning: Despite a lukewarm reception, the work of Faulkner, comprised of stories and novels, remains revered (beloved and respected)

Split #1: work or works?
The verb is singular.
Work remains.
(If in doubt, use a dog, or another noun.)
Correct: The dog remains sitting.
Wrong: The dogs remains sitting.

Eliminate Options B, C, and E

Split #2: enthusiasm vs enthusiasms
This one is idiomatic: enthusiasm functions in the same way as zeal. We do not pluralize it.

Eliminate option D

Answer A

What about this weird prepositional object, a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels?
You will see this construction again.

That prepositional object consists of a noun-adjective (blockbuster) and an adjective phrase (overwhelmingly complicated).

The descriptors of novels are listed without a comma.

A blockbuster novel is a bestseller. Blockbuster is a noun that acts like an adjective.

We can call it a noun-adjective.

Find the objects
The objects of the preposition OF in comprised of
are
1) a series of elegant short STORIES, AND
2) a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated NOVELS

Work from the noun, novels to the left of that noun. Change overpoweringly to very

-- blockbuster = bestselling book =
noun-adjective (a noun that functions as an adjective describing novel)

-- a number of = quantifier

a number of +blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated NOVELS

[quantifier +noun as adjective], [adverb-adjective] [noun]
The first noun acts like an adjective.
And the noun that is the adjective must come first.

Office worker. Math teacher. Film director.
Airplane tickets.

"blockbuster" acts like an adjective. It describes what type of novel.
The hardest thing about this construction is that the noun-adjective, blockbuster,
is separated from its object, novels, by two more descriptors (overwhelmingly complicated).

Those two words form an adjective (an adjectivial phrase, to be precise).

Finally, the noun-adjective and the adjectivial phrase are separated by a comma.
They're coordinate adjectives.

Coordinate adjectives do not need an "and" between them.
Coordinate adjectives can be separated by just a comma.

One way to test for coordinate adjectives (in which case the comma is correct) :
1) remove the comma,
2) put AND between them, and
3) see whether you can reverse them.
If you can reverse the adjectives, they are coordinate adjectives.

Correct: Blockbuster and extremely complicated novels
Correct: Extremely complicated and blockbuster novels
Hence also correct: blockbuster, extremely complicated novels.

How about several, small butterflies? Or should we write several small butterflies? (No comma)
Test: Place AND between them and reverse their order
Wrong: several and small butterflies :(
Wrong: small and several butterflies :(
When we insert AND, then reverse the word order, we have a mess. We cannot use a comma between them.
Those words are not coordinate adjectives.

More analysis can be found in my posts below.

"blockbuster" may have tripped up a few people.

One way to cope with confusion is to get back to basics, as I did above.
But change the order and ignore anything extra.
Find verb, subject, intro (dependent clause) [IGNORE], and modifier
Focus on the modifier
-- you do have to know that comprised of requires items or parts or ingredients
-- ask: comprised of what?
-- notice the word AND: there are at least two things
----------put your eyes on the preposition, OF
----------find the first item: stories
AND
----------find the second item. You run into two nouns, blockbuster and novels
----------there is no other place in the sentence for novels (and its placement does not vary by answer)
----------gamble. Gamble that Faulkner's work is comprised of STORIES and NOVELS

Now you have a rule: If a noun, X, modifies another noun, Y, then X must always precede Y.

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We have two outstanding answers by RamSep and GKomoku -- I'm bumping you both

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Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,, remains among the most revered in the American literary canon.

A) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasm, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,

D) Despite some initial lack of enthusiasms, the work of William Faulkner, comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbusters, overpoweringly complicated novels,

I agree that "enthusiasm" (A) is correct, and "enthusiasms" (D) is not correct; however, can someone explain to me how "a number of blockbuster" (A) is correct, as this appears to be a plural phrase, requiring "blockbusters".

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iscbruc14 , I just posted the OE in which I address "blockbuster."

The objects of the preposition in comprised OF are . . . . stories and . . . . novels

blockbuster is a noun that acts like an adjective.

English has quite a few. Here are a few examples:
-- race horse
-- gymnastics coach
-- fire hydrant
-- math teacher

blockbuster = bestseller (often a novel or movie)

The entire object of the preposition means
a number of [some] bestselling, [very complicated] novels

Let's get rid of the "overpoweringly complicated [very complicated]."
We can say, in English,
a number of blockbuster novels

The construction is not redundant.
A blockbuster novel is a kind or type of novel,
just in English we have
a sports car or a race car

If in doubt: the noun that acts like an adjective always comes first.

I hope that helps.
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Anybody here! please throw light on a number of blockbuster and a number of blockbuster.
Nobody is talking about doesn't mean that both phrases are correct in context of question.

Hi @"gvij2017 , see the "official explanation," above, which I was writing when you posted, and please see my answer to iscbruc14 just after the official explanation.

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Option B,C, and E are clearly out as works and remains do not pass S-V agreement.

In between A and D, there is an issue between 'some initial lack of enthusiasm' and 'some initial lack of enthusiasms'.

I feel A is correct. 'Enthusiasms' is incorrect . 'Enthusiasms' mean many enthusiasms and that is really awkward in context of this sentence.

IMO A.

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New post 15 Jan 2019, 20:53
warrior1991 wrote:
Option B,C, and E are clearly out as works and remains do not pass S-V agreement.

In between A and D, there is an issue between 'some initial lack of enthusiasm' and 'some initial lack of enthusiasms'.

I feel A is correct. 'Enthusiasms' is incorrect . 'Enthusiasms' mean many enthusiasms and that is really awkward in context of this sentence.

IMO A.

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warrior1991 , yes, definitely awkward.

I have never seen the word enthusiasms in my life. I am a reading fanatic.

I decided that something was finally wrong with that red squiggly thing on the posting screen because it was not squiggling beneath "enthusiasms."

Nope. Nothing wrong with the red squiggly thing.

Enthusiasms is a word. I just found a sentence: Parents should share their enthusiasms with their children.

[Red pen. Rewrite: Parents should share their passions with their children.]

Your instincts are correct. In standard English, enthusiasm is rarely pluralized, and certainly is not pluralized when it used in the sense of group reception or excitement or ardor or zeal. :)
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New post 16 Jan 2019, 21:16
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Can you please explain this:

comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,,

Are there 3 adjectives at play: blockbuster overpoweringly complicated novels.

Also, shouldn't there be an 'and' between blockbuster and overpoweringly?

After putting 'and', I am sure, It would not make it parallel to the list 'a series of' and ' a number of'.

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Can you please explain this:

comprised of a series of elegant short stories and a number of blockbuster, overpoweringly complicated novels,,

Are there 3 adjectives at play: blockbuster overpoweringly complicated novels.

Also, shouldn't there be an 'and' between blockbuster and overpoweringly?

After putting 'and', I am sure, It would not make it parallel to the list 'a series of' and ' a number of'.

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Hi Mudit27021988 - No, there are two adjectives at play.
One is a phrase: "overpoweringly complicated"

1) [blockbuster],
[noun-adjective]

2) [overpoweringly-> complicated]
[adverb that modifies adjective -> adjective]

That list is a lot of jargon.

Essentially, if two adjectives in a row are separated by a comma,
that construction is allowed as long as the words and/or phrases are coordinate adjectives.

1) As I describe above, "blockbuster" is a noun that acts like an adjective. Call it a noun-adjective.
There are many such noun-adjectives in English.
Race horse. Corn bread.

2) change "overpoweringly" to "very." Very is an adverb.
Very modifies complicated.

3) very complicated: now we have an adjectivial phrase

• coordinate adjectives: Are blockbuster and very complicated coordinate adjectives?

Coordinate adjectives can be separated by a comma rather than an and.
This article explains.
Coordinate adjectives must be "reversible."

If you can put "and" in between the adjectives and reverse their order,
then you can also omit the and. Use a comma in place of and.
Further, if you do not use "and," you need a comma.

Coordinate adjectives?
. . . .the cold, dark night
. . .the cold and dark night
. . . the dark and cold night
Yes. AND works. We can reverse the adjectives. A comma is necessary.

Coordinate adjectives?
. . . several shy butterflies
. . . several and shy butterflies
. . . shy and several butterflies
No. AND does not work. Nor can we reverse the adjectives. No comma. Not coordinate adjectives.

• check "blockbuster" and "very complicated"
Correct: a number of very complicated and blockbuster [bestselling] novels
Correct: a number of blockbuster and very complicated novels
The adjectives can be separated by AND as well as reversed.
If written without AND, they require a comma.

We have two adjectives separated by a comma.
They are coordinate adjectives. The construction is fine.
I hope that helps.
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