and vs or : Common Errors in English

About and vs or

The legal phrase “and/or,” indicating that you can either choose between two alternatives or choose both of them, has proved irresistible in other contexts and is now widely acceptable though it irritates some readers as jargon. However, you can logically use it only when you are discussing choices which may or may not both be done: “Bring chips and/or beer.” It’s very much overused where simple “or” would do, and it would be wrong to say, “you can get to the campus for this morning’s meeting on a bike and/or in a car.” Choosing one eliminates the possibility of the other, so this isn’t an and/or situation.

or Meaning(s)

  • (n) a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
  • (n) a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations

and in News

  1. Carp and Gomes homer, Sox hang on for win

    Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes homered to back an effective pitching performance by John Lackey, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-4 Saturday to end a five-game losing streak in Baltimore.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: WCVB Boston

  2. Carp and Gomes Homer as Red Sox Beat Orioles 5-4

    Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes homered to back an effective pitching performance by John Lackey, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 5-4 Saturday to end a five-game losing streak in Baltimore.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Murray and Defending Champ Cilic in Queen’s Cup Final

    Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will play in the final at Queen's Club after both earned three-set victories on Saturday.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: New York Times

or in News

  1. Oil Painting or Pastel

    --All Levels-- Choose your medium, oil or pastel. Learn traditional oil painting techniques by painting still life. Explore color mixing and brush techniques used in handling edges and surfaces for optimum illusion. Learn techniques and impressionistic color application in pastel. The class works from actual setups or personal photos using various foundations and types of soft pastel. Experiment ...
    on June 16, 2013 Source: WPXI Pittsburgh

  2. M Or F? Outdated IDs Worry Transgender People

    Those "M" or "F" markers are a source of anxiety and, even, discrimination for transgender individuals.
    on June 16, 2013 Source: CBS San Francisco

  3. Believe it or not, a third of Minnesota still rated as abnormally dry or even still in drought

    MINNEAPOLIS — Believe it or not, a third of Minnesota is still rated as abnormally dry or even still in drought. While the drought is over in the eastern half of Minnesota thanks to all the rain, Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of western Minnesota has not caught up.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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