comma vs semicolon using lists and fractions

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If i were to ask "Please give me 1/2 of the milk, the cheese and the butter," does that mean 1/2 of the milk, 1/2 of the cheese, and 1/2 of the butter? Or does that mean 1/2 of the milk, all of the cheese and all of the butter? Also if I were to use a semicolon instead and say, "Please pass me 1/2 of the milk; the cheese and the butter," does this mean 1/2 of each or just 1/2 of the milk and all of the rest? And lastly does the word "the" make any difference? For instance is "Please give me 1/2 of the milk, the cheese, and the butter," the same as, " Please give me 1/2 of the milk, cheese, and butter?"

 

Thanks so much for your help and input.

commas Semicolon asked Jan 14 at 22:09 D Mitch New member

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