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    #1

    and/or

    Hello again!

    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!

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    Re: and/or

    Although it's not terribly formal, "and/or" is in common use to express the fact that either one or both conditions may be in place. However, in my view this sentence has several problems of idiom, aside from "and/or:"
    Quote Originally Posted by LaMelange View Post

    This development, prodded by a desire to address the wealth divide, has been driven by philanthropic interests arising maybe perhaps altruistically, out of "love for fellow man,and/or masquerading as reparation driven by guilt of over the exploitation that did take place by at the hands of the colonial masters.

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    #3

    Re: and/or

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, LaMelange:

    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.

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    #4

    Re: and/or

    Your a, b, and c are exactly what "and/or" means there. There is nothing wrong with it.

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    Re: and/or

    It may look ugly, but it works.

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