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    I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    1. I don't like walking and sleeping on the sand.
    2. I don't like walking or sleeping on the sand.

    Are the above sentences both correct?

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    Re: I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    Yes, although the first one suggests that you are treating "walking and sleeping on the sand" as one activity, which would be quite difficult unless you sleepwalk.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    They are both extremely unlikely. (They are grammatical)

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    Re: I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    Is the following sentence likely?

    I don't like eating and smelling onions. (Some people think onions have a strong smell.)

    Is it more natural to say "I don't like eating or smelling onions"?

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    Re: I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is the following sentence likely?

    I don't like eating and smelling onions. (Some people think onions have a strong smell.)

    Is it more natural to say "I don't like eating or smelling onions"?

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    No. Far more likely would be, "I don't like the taste or the smell of onions".

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    Re: I don't like walking and/or sleeping on the sand

    On the sand- this would refer to particular sand. If you're talking in general then remove the article.

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