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    and / or

    I didn't stay home and bake cookies; I went out and got a career.
    I think Pink was disappointed that we didn't stay home and listen...

    These two sentences come from the CAE. But some of my net friends say that 'and' should be changed to 'or' since they are negative sentences. I don't agree but just can't persude them.

    Do you native speakers use 'and' or 'or' in such situations? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: and / or

    Stick to your guns - you are correct.

    The kind of expression being used here is of the nature:
    'I'm not just going to stay home/sit at home and twiddle my thumbs. I want a bit of fun in my life.!"

    It's of the form:
    'stay home and (do something)- you then choose the 'something', usually something mundane for comic effect, as in 'and bake cookies'.

    "Do you expect me just to sit here and hope to hell that they still deliver it today? I'm getting on the phone and putting a rocket up them!"
    In this sentence, 'sit here' + and + do something.

    Or NOT do something!:
    "Do you expect me just to sit here and do nothing? I'm going to go over there right now and...."

    twiddle: twist, move, or fiddle with (something), typically in a purposeless or nervous way
    "She twiddled the dials on the radio."
    "He began twiddling with the curtain cord."
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Jun-2008 at 21:18.


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