When written I've read that you can use the base of the 〜ます form to mean "and". But does the same rule apply when spoken?

For example, does the following sentence make sense when spoken?


Or should it instead be:


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    Check out this post: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/9771/…
    – Eddie Kal
    May 14, 2021 at 0:22
  • Thanks! Looks like it's fine to use that form in formal writing. But does it sound unnatural when spoken? May 14, 2021 at 0:25
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    You are right, it may well sound starchy in speech, but it depends on the context.
    – Eddie Kal
    May 14, 2021 at 0:34
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    Did you realize you were already using the same form in 探し?
    – aguijonazo
    May 14, 2021 at 0:57

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This usage is called 中止法. You can use it safely in formal speech, but it's rare in casual speech. For example, a mother would almost never say 早く歯を磨き学校に行きなさい to her children.

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