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    #1

    what is the difference?

    Between the following two sentences:
    I don't like apples and oranges.
    I don't like apples or oranges.

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    Re: what is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidwwleung View Post
    Between the following two sentences:
    I don't like apples and oranges.
    I don't like apples or oranges.
    No significant difference.

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    #3

    Re: what is the difference?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please try to give your future threads more relevant titles. Hundreds of threads could​ be called "What is the difference?" but that doesn't help us to identify them individually. A thread title should use some or all of the words you are querying. A good title for this would have been "I don't like apples and oranges".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: what is the difference?

    thank you for your reply. But...
    Since "and" is different in meaning from "or", how would the two sentences be the same?

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    #5

    Re: what is the difference?

    Mike didn't say they were the same. He said that there is no significant difference (in this context).




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    #6

    Re: what is the difference?

    I am not a teacher.

    "I don't like apples and oranges" means, I don't like apples and I don't like oranges, OR I don't like apples and oranges together; I prefer apples and pears.
    "I don't like apples or oranges" means I like neither apples nor oranges.

    So there is a difference, but if you don't like apples and oranges when served together but you do like them seperately, you should say so.

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