I constantly find myself writing phrases like “the number of pairs with , and “. And then recasting them, because of the rule of mathematical typesetting that you should not have two formulas separated by a mere comma.
I used to think that the typesetting rule was a useless nuisance, but I have been persuaded by experience that it is too hard on human eyes to see that the comma is not internal to the formula. Tonight, I realized there is another alternative. What if we all collectively decided that it was grammatical to write “the number of pairs with and and “? Not only would this solve the typesetting problem, but it would be helpful to be reminded of which logical connector we were using throughout the list, rather than just at the end.
Is there a downside to this construction which I am missing?