Just saw an algorithmically generated t-shirt that says:
Legends are Born in [country] and March
Now, technically, "in" is the preposition you'd use both for a country and a month, but it's a different meaning of "in" in each case. First comment below pointed me at zeugma/syllepsis; following up on that implies that it is grammatically correct (though doesn't really add anything but confusion in this case) and answers 1 of the 2 questions.
But, if the intent is "both [country] and March must be true" I think you'd expect:
Legends are Born in [country] in March
The "and" sounds wrong. If the 2 nouns were similar things, like "in March and April", it would have to mean "either", since it can't mean "both concurrently". So, maybe the problem I'm hearing is, this wording would actually mean:
Legends are Born either in [country] OR in March
The other way it could be interpreted, written this way, is:
Legends are Born in [country], and also Legends March
My question is, other than sounding weird, if the intent is to say "in [country] in March", is "in [country] and March" a grammatically correct way to say it? Or, are 2 preposition words necessary, if you want both to apply concurrently?
My gut feeling is the latter, but not sure how to look it up.
Note: In most cases (when zeugma isn't involved) it's pretty clear a preposition with multiple objects can't apply to both concurrently (can't be in 2 different months concurrently) so the case might be rare enough that no rule is recorded... and then we'd just default to the fact that it's ambiguous, and is not serving any stylistic purpose, so is inherently incorrect.