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Which connector?



Pretty3
Saudi Arabia

Which connector?
 
Hi,
 
Can you tell me which connector we can use to join the following?
 
and     -   or  ????

Have you been playing football? Have you been playing basket ball?

 

Best Regards,
:)

26 Dec 2010      



elderberrywine
Germany

Are you trying to fool us, pretty3? 

26 Dec 2010     



Lina Ladybird
Germany

It depends on what you want to express... Perhaps you could give us some more details? ;-))

26 Dec 2010     



Pretty3
Saudi Arabia

Aha.
Always the text book is full of confused things that convey the 2 answers.
 
Thank you

26 Dec 2010     



yanogator
United States

Both "and" and "or" are correct. It depends on what you are asking.
 
Have you been playing football and basketball? - This asks if the person has been playing both sports.
 
Have you been playing football or basketball? - This depends on where the emphasis is. If it is asked in an even tone, it is asking if the person has been playing either sport (or it could be both). If there is emphasis on both of the words "football" and "basketball", then it is asking which one of the sports the person has been playing.
 
I hope this helps you,
Bruce

27 Dec 2010