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 adjective “unique” and the noun “distinctiveness” are wrongly linked together. To correct the sentence, two nouns should be used instead (i.e. “uniqueness” and “distinctiveness”).
 
In example 2, the finite verb phrase “live in the harbour” and the non-finite verb phrase “trying to hunt for food” are wrongly linked together. Two finite verb phrases should be used instead, for instance “live […]” and “try […]”.
 
In example 3, the adjectives “commercial” and “residential” are wrongly linked with the noun “recreation”. You need to link three adjectives (i.e. “commercial”, “residential” and “recreational”) and add a noun (i.e. “purposes”).
 

 

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As the Chinese and Asian markets thrive, I believe Hong Kong will continue to develop its unique and distinctiveness in the design world.

As the Chinese and Asian markets thrive, I believe Hong Kong will continue to develop its uniqueness and distinctiveness in the design world.

2.

Marine life and plants still live in the harbour and trying to hunt for food

Marine life and plants still live in the harbour and try to hunt for food

3.

Nowadays, Victoria Harbour area features a mixed use of land which includes commercial, residential
and recreation as well.

Nowadays, Victoria Harbour area features a mixed use of land which includes the use of land for commercial, residential and recreational purposes.

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