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Grammar detail: particle し

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The particle し is used to link multiple states into a list, with the suggestion the list is incomplete. It is very similar to や, but where や is only used for nouns, し can also be used for adjectives or relative clauses. It is often used when each clause describes a state of being.
わたし
ちち
たばこ
煙草
わない
さけ
まない

My father neither smokes nor drinks.
いま
いろいろ
もんだい
問題
かか
えている
たいへん
大変
じき
時期
なので
かける
きぶん
気分
じゃない
I'm dealing with various problems right now and it's a difficult time, so I'm not in the mood to go out.
あなたかわいい
しんせつ
親切
です
You are both pretty and kind.
ちち
しつぎょう
失業
さらに
わる
こと
はは
びょうき
病気
なってしまった
Father has lost his job, and what's worse, Mother has fallen ill.
し is essentially the stem form of する, so it is roughly equivalent to saying '... is, and ...'.
Note that the subject of each clause must be marked with は, not が, because the use of し makes it possible for the clauses to have different subjects.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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フ   ちち father   
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エン   けむり smoke   けむ to smoke (chimney etc.)   けむ smoky   
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ソウ   くさ grass   
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キュウ   す to suck, inhale   
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シュ   さけ    さか- sake   
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イン   の to drink   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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モン   と question   と to ask   とん wholesale   
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ダイ    topic   
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ホウ   だ    いだ to hug   かかえる to carry, to hold (an object, a burden)   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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キ   ゴ    period of time   
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シュツ   スイ   だ to take out, to put out   で to go out, to exit   
キ   ケ    spirit   
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ブン   ブ   フン   わける to divide, to distinguish   わかる to understand   わかれる to be divided   わかつ to share, distribute   
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シン   おや parent   したしい close, intimate   したしむ to befriend, grow close to   
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セツ   サイ   き to cut   きれる to break, to snap   
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シツ   うしな to lose   
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ギョウ   ゴウ    profession, business, industry   わざ deed, act   
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アク   オ   わる bad   
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ボ   はは mother   
ヘイ   ビョウ   やまい illness   や to fall ill   
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