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Subject:RE: And Or From:"Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu> To:"'Ben'" <baj357 -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 18 Jun 2007 17:37:22 -0700
I was taught that if "and" is required, then use "and" and if "or" is an
option, then use "or" because a requirement cannot also be an option. If
both "and" and "or" are options, then I was taught to write, "use 1 or 2 or
both." Perhaps, "[...] both 1 and 2" would read better for some people.
"And/or" falls into the same category as "he/she." Combining words with a
"/" unprofessional because there are no such words as "andor" or "heshe" and
readers tend to read the combined words as single words.
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> Subject: And Or
> I apologize if this has been discussed already, but using the phrase
> "and/or" to mean the inclusion of all or any combination of
> items, including
> only one item in a given list just doesn't seem right to
> me-though I see it
> everywhere. Is that phrase commonly accepted in tech writing?
> What do you
> purists say? Thanks!
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