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    such as X, Y, and Z

    Dear Teacher,

    Is there a rule as to whether it should be 'and' or 'or' following 'such as'?
    I have a vague recollection that my school teacher taught me it should be always 'and', but I sometimes feel 'or' fits more naturally, especially in a negative sentence.

    They didn't have any bevarages, such as tea, juice, soda, or water.

    They didn't have any bevarages, such as tea, juice, soda, and water.

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    Re: such as X, Y, and Z

    In the negative, "or" sounds much more natural.
    In the positive, use "and."

    I have many dreams, such as being an astronaut, B, and C.
    I didn't have non-alcoholic beverages, such as juice or tea, but they sure had plenty of whiskey!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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