Can I use either whenever I want to use an and?


I like to play and sing
I like to play & sing

We will walk and she will run.
We will walk & she will run.

  • I have wondered about the same thing I know they use & for posters signs or stuff like that while and is used for sentences and writing – user172580 Apr 28 '16 at 5:54

The choice as to which to use comes down to the degree of formality of your text, and possibly also how much space you have available (e.g. when putting together a PowerPoint slide).

In general, using & implies a much more informal tone than and.

You will never be criticized for using and, whereas you run the risk of disapproval if you use & in anything but informal notes, tweets and the like.

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    "&" is also often used in company names or titles, i.e. Barnes & Noble. In that case it's most likely an aesthetic choice more than anything (plus it shortens a name that is already likely to be long). – Graph Theory Oct 9 '14 at 17:36
  • @txteclipse - Quite right. Good point. – Erik Kowal Oct 9 '14 at 19:07
  • Conversely, they have different formal meanings in specific contexts. For example two screenwriters who worked as a team would be credited as "A & B", while a film that had two screenwriters who didn't work as a team would be listed as "A and B". Thus also possible to have "A & B and C" in the credits. – Erics Jan 10 '18 at 6:17

Ampersand (&) is rare in formal written English, although in informal e-mails, texts etc. it's usually noticed.

Reference : When Can You Use It?

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