Student or Learner
I've got a list of common mistakes, how come " She doesn't know how to read AND write" is wrong, it says there it should be " She doesn't know how to read OR write"
Native speakers often use "and" in this context. The two things are so closely connected that we think of them as one. How likely is it that someone would be able to write but not read ?
Last edited by Coffa; 19-Sep-2006 at 19:30.
I'll have to agree with Bluefields here. The phrase "read and write" has become an idiomatic singular, like "peanut butter and jelly," or "fish and chips."
However, Coffa is (as always) correct in saying that the sentence should be a "neither...nor" construction.