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    i have a nagging question

    me and my brother recently got into a debate about a sentence
    the sentence is as follows:"Some of the subjects can now tell where people are standing, tell whether a computer monitor is off and on" my brother says that i shouldve replaced "and" with "or" . i believe that both ways are correct but i think we need a professional opinion.


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    Re: i have a nagging question

    Quote Originally Posted by icanhasquestion View Post
    me and my brother recently got into a debate about a sentence

    the sentence is as follows:

    "Some of the subjects can now tell where people are standing, tell whether a computer monitor is off and on."

    my brother says that i shouldve replaced "and" with "or" . i believe that both ways are correct but i think we need a professional opinion.
    Is this a example of something spoken or was it written? If the latter, where was it written and for what audience?

    To me an 'or' would the normal situation. Without the 'or', you'd have to be much wordier.

    "Some of the subjects can now tell where people are standing, tell whether a computer monitor is off and tell whether it is on."


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    Re: i have a nagging question

    hi, I'm an English teacher. you are correct,either way is appropriate

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