Can I use "no matter...or" in the following way? Also can anyone help me verify the whole sentence?

When I first joined the lab, Haijing provided a lot of help for me no matter in study or in life.

  • Note that no matter means it doesn't matter / it's irrelevant, and is used to emphasise that whatever comes after it doesn't affect the validity of whatever you said before it - normally in contexts where there's a possibility your audience might have thought otherwise unless you explicitly make that point. So as @jwpat7 says, this sentence is not a valid way of using it. – FumbleFingers Feb 14 '13 at 0:10

The phrase “no matter” is not correctly used in your example sentence. One can add the word whether and correctly say “no matter whether in study or in life”. However, that is somewhat clumsy, and phrasings like “whether in study or in life”, “both in study and in life”, and “in study and in life” are to be preferred. For example,

When I first joined the lab, Haijing provided much help for me both in study and in life.

  • That would be an excellent answer on writersSE. On ELU, the question relates to whether or not or is appropriate against no matter ..., and not a better alternative to no matter. Editing, proofreading and rephrasing are off-topic on ELU. – Kris Feb 14 '13 at 6:12
  • @Kris, what's writersSE? Can you give me a link? – FihopZz Feb 14 '13 at 15:01
  • @FihopZz writers.stackexchange.com – Kris Feb 14 '13 at 15:02

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