Friday, April 20, 2007


Every now and then a law student will use the blended conjunction "and/or." My usual comment on their paper is that this construction is too vague for legal writing; it's just not precise enough. Now I think I'll also refer them to to illustrate that "and" and "or" can lead to problems.

hat tip:  Prof. Andrew Solomon, South Texas College of Law


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I've blogged about this case; see As for and/or, I think its meaning is clear: A and/or B means A or B or both. But it's not particularly elegant, and it's clearer to say A or B or both. That said, I find that sometimes the components of a sentence are sufficiently involved that and/or becomes the simplest option.

Posted by: Ken Adams | Apr 20, 2007 5:32:50 PM

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