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    #1

    and/or

    If I say "It works well with both computer or platform" do I use "and" or "or" to be the conjunction? and why? and do I say a computer and a platform? or just computer and platform? thanks

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    Re: and/or

    Maybe I don't understand, but isn't a computer a platform?

    In any case, I'd use "and" with "both," and save "or" for "either."
    It works well with both IBM and Mac.
    It works well with either IBM or Mac.
    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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