Interested in Language
Here is another doubt of mine!
In the following sentence, can and be correct? Should it not be just or? Please explain.
This development, prodded by a desire to address the wealth divide, has been driven by philanthropic interests arising maybe altruistically “out of love for fellow man” and/or masquerading as reparation driven by guilt of the exploitation that did take place by the colonial masters.
Thank you very much!
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
I have read that some (many?) writers consider "and/or" to not only look "ugly" but also to often be a cause of confusion. In other words, it is better to avoid it if possible.
I have made up this example:
"If a student is disrespectful of the teacher, the student will be suspended for one week and/or will be required to pay a fine of $500."
a. Maybe the student will only be suspended for one week.
b. Maybe the student will only be required to pay a fine of $500.
c. Maybe the student will be suspended and required to pay a fine.
It may look ugly, but it works.