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    #1

    and/or

    Which is correct:
    1) There are fifteen boxes. The boxes are red, yellow and purple. There are five boxes of each color.

    2) There are fifteen boxes. The boxes are red, yellow or purple. There are five boxes of each color.

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    #2

    Re: and

    1) could be read as contradictory: the second sentence could mean each box has all three colors, which is contradicted by the third sentence. 2) is strictly accurate. Unless the phrases are in a contract or some other document that has to be understood precisely, nobody is likely to notice or care about the problem with 1).
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: and/or

    I have changed your original thread title, which was inadequate.

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