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1.
When we join two or more expressions, we usually put and before the last.

– bread and cheese
– We drank, talked and danced.
– I wrote the letters, Peter addressed them, George bought the stamps
– and Alice posted them.

2.
In two-word expressions, we often put the shortest word first.
– young and pretty cup and saucer
Some common expressions with and have a fixed order which we cannot change.
– hands and knees (NOT knees and hands)
– knife and fork bread and butter
– men, women and children fish and chips.

3.
We do not usually use and with adjectives before a noun.

Thanks for your nice long letter. (NOT . . . your nice and long letter.)
a tall dark handsome cowboy
But we use and when the adjectives refer to different parts of the same thing.
– red and yellow socks a metal and glass table