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    Dear teachers,
    I am sorry to bother you again. Last time I asked a question on error correction. The sentence is as follows:

    Thus, how often they make eye contact and how long they sustain that contact can indicate their degree of intimacy, interest or understanding of what they are communicating verbally.

    Since I got different answers I am just wondering if I should change 'or' in front of 'understanding' to 'and'.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    I am sorry to bother you again. Last time I asked a question on error correction. The sentence is as follows:

    Thus, how often they make eye contact and how long they sustain that contact can indicate their degree of intimacy, interest or understanding of what they are communicating verbally.

    Since I got different answers I am just wondering if I should change 'or' in front of 'understanding' to 'and'.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I don't think it matters very much. It changes the meaning to say that the eye contact indicates the degree of all three things: intimacy, interest, and understanding.

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    I agree with NY Mike.

    In such cases I prefer using "or/and".

    What do you think? :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    I agree with NY Mike.

    In such cases I prefer using "or/and".

    What do you think? :wink:
    Usually it is and/or. In this case, I think that is clear even with just "or".

    :wink:

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    Thanks for correcting.

    8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Thanks for correcting.

    8)
    You're welcome, Henry. It was a very minor point. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Thanks for correcting.

    8)
    You're welcome, Henry. It was a very minor point. :wink:


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    Thank you so your explanation.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,
    I am sorry to bother you again. Last time I asked a question on error correction. The sentence is as follows:

    Thus, how often they make eye contact and how long they sustain that contact can indicate their degree of intimacy, interest or understanding of what they are communicating verbally.

    Since I got different answers I am just wondering if I should change 'or' in front of 'understanding' to 'and'.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I don't think it matters very much. It changes the meaning to say that the eye contact indicates the degree of all three things: intimacy, interest, and understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Thank you so your explanation.

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    You're welcome. :wink:

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