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    What does "or" mean in this sentence?

    Acceptance of unsubstantiated information merely because it is cleverly or confidently stated, comes from prominent people, or is endorsed by many others can be dangerous - not just for those who get stuck with useless products but also for citizens at large.

    Shouldn't it be "comes from prominent people "and" is endorsed by many others can be dangerous"

    I can't figure it out, could someone please help me understand why it's "or" and not "and".
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    Re: What does "or" mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by inquisitive5 View Post
    Acceptance of unsubstantiated information merely because it is cleverly or confidently stated, comes from prominent people, or is endorsed by many others can be dangerous - not just for those who get stuck with useless products but also for citizens at large.

    Shouldn't it be "comes from prominent people "and" is endorsed by many others can be dangerous"

    I can't figure it out, could someone please help me understand why it's "or" and not "and".
    The writer is saying that some people accept unsubstantiated info for one, two or more of the three reasons stated:

    - It is cleverly/confidently stated
    - It comes from prominent people
    OR
    - It is endorsed by many others.

    Accepting unsubstantiated information based on ANY of those three reasons is dangerous.

    So - people might accept information based on reason 1, reason 2 or reason 3.


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    Re: What does "or" mean in this sentence?

    I read that without pausing at the commas, that's why it didn't make any sense to me. Such a simple mistake made such a huge difference lol. Thanks a lot, I'm gonna be more cautious now with commas.

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