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    Cool choose between x and y

    Hello!

    I have two questions regarding the following sentence:

    -You have to choose between the blue and the white categories.


    1-Is the use of "and" correct here? Should it be "or"?

    2- Is the use of the plural form (categories) correct here?

    Thanks a lot
    Will

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    Re: choose between x and y

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    I have two questions regarding the following sentence:

    -You have to choose between the blue and the white categories.


    1-Is the use of "and" correct here? Should it be "or"?

    2- Is the use of the plural form (categories) correct here?

    Thanks a lot
    Will

    1. Yes, and is correct here. It is and because you have already indicated a choice by using between.
    To use or you could word it something like this:
    You must choose the blue or the white category.

    2. Yes, again - in this case the plural is correct because you are choosing between 2 things. In the alternative I gave in part 1 you use the singular because you are indicating that you must choose only one.

    A subtle difference but that's the English language for you.

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