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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    The or that wants to be an and

    Hey guys!

    I'm writing an assignment (in English, as a Dutch speaker) and well, I was wondering:

    1. For this thesis English and Dutch studies were used.
    2. For this thesis English or Dutch studies were used.

    I agree, number one is clearer, but you guys use the second one too right? The or that doesn't exclude any of the options? Let's call it the or that wants to be an and

    Much obliged!

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    #2

    Re: The or that wants to be an and

    Only sentence 1 is logical. Using or in sentence 2 means the person writing the sentence doesn't know which studies they used.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 03-Feb-2017 at 17:57. Reason: Add a bit.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: The or that wants to be an and

    The first one makes sense to me. The second one doesn't.

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    #4

    Re: The or that wants to be an and

    You need a comma after "thesis".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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