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    I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    Hi,

    I would like to ask if it is necessary to put 'or' before 'break' or not.

    - I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread.
    - I don't have any sugar, milk (or) bread.

    Thanks.

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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

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    Yes, the conjunction is needed.

    In these cases, when the second (or successive) term is a noun, adjective or adverb phrase, the conjunction "or" should continue the negative through.
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 13-Jan-2015 at 16:54.
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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    José Manuel Rosón Bravo, what do you mean by 'should continue the negative through'?

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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    I mean the negative succession.

    I've got no sugar, (no) milk, (no) bread.
    I don't have any sugar, (any) milk (any) bread.

    The succession of things that I haven't got.
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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    In the positive: I have sugar, milk and bread.
    In the negative: I don't have sugar, milk or bread.
    In the negative: I have no sugar, milk or bread.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jan-2015 at 00:55.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    "I have neither sugar, nor milk, nor bread."

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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I have neither sugar, nor milk, nor bread."
    Yes, but the sentence didn't contain the conjunction "neither". The issue was about the need to include the conjunction "or" or not" in:

    I don't have any sugar, milk (or) bread.

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    Re: I've got no sugar, milk, (or) bread (necessity of 'or')

    Is it grammatical to use 'and' in the negative?
    'I don't have sugar, milk and bread.'
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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 14-Jan-2015 at 11:07.

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