When two or more phrases are put together using a conjunction (e.g., “and”, “or”), they should belong to the same category (i.e. noun phrase, verb phrase, adjectival phrase, etc.) (see also Word Class).

In example 1, the verb phrase “will be distributed” is in the passive form of the simple future tense, which is wrongly linked with a verb in its root form (i.e. “post”). To correct the sentence, use the past participle form of “post” instead (i.e. “posted”). In example 2, the gerund phrase “fruiting” and two other noun phrases (i.e. “vegetables”, “nuts”) are wrongly linked together. Three nouns/ noun phrases should be used instead,  for instance “fruits”, “vegetables” and “nuts”.

 

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Healthy living leaflets will be distributed in shopping malls as well as the MTR, and post to people’s mailboxes.

Healthy living leaflets will be distributed in shopping malls as well as the MTR, and posted to people’s mailboxes.

Foods like fruiting species, vegetables and nuts can be a major part of a healthy lifestyle.

Foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts can be a major part of a healthy lifestyle.

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