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# We will begin with painting first, and then secondly we will start the

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We will begin with painting first, and then secondly we will start the decoupage process.

A. first, and then secondly
B. firstly, and then secondly
C. first, and then second
D. first, then second
E. first, second

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Use of 'and then ' or 'then' , makes the use of 'second' not necessary
hence only E option has the correct way of using 'second'

IMO E

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09 Aug 2019, 00:00
why and is necessary in this question? can anyone help
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“AND” is necessary here because there’re 2 independent clauses:

1) We will begin with painting
2) We will start the decoupage process

Without “AND”, this sentence will be run-on sentence. Remember “, FANBOYS” rules.
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09 Aug 2019, 00:07
embroi wrote:
“AND” is necessary here because there’re 2 independent clauses:

1) We will begin with painting
2) We will start the decoupage process

Without “AND”, this sentence will be run-on sentence. Remember “, FANBOYS” rules.

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03 Sep 2019, 08:28
We will begin with painting first, and then secondly we will start the decoupage process.

A. first, and then secondly
B. firstly, and then secondly
C. first, and then second
D. first, then second
E. first, second

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My Approach:
We will begin with painting first/firstly. Either way it is an Independent clause so we need an and.
Eliminate D and E.

A is obviously wrong because we are not using the same structure on both sides.

Between B and C: Both are parallel and Both use "and". We will begin with painting first/firstly. If I were to read it is as an Independent Clause, the former choice makes better sense.
Hence C.

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We will begin with painting first, and then secondly we will start the decoupage process.

A. first, and then secondly
B. firstly, and then secondly
C. first, and then second
D. first, then second
E. first, second

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A. Incorrect idiomatically. "First" and "second" are the appropriate adverbs used to identify order.
B. Incorrect idiomatically. "First" and "second" are the appropriate adverbs used to identify order.
D. Comma splice. "then second we will start ..." is an independent clause with subject and verb; therefore, we need to combine the clauses with a comma and FANBOYS (for, and, nor, or, but, yet, so) conjunction or a semicolon and conjunction.
E. Comma splice. "second we will start ..." is an independent clause with subject and verb; therefore, we need to combine the clauses with a comma and FANBOYS (for, and, nor, or, but, yet, so) conjunction or a semicolon and conjunction.
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