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does the word “or” use Inclusive or Exclusive logic on my test? and how do I identify the logic that is being used? [duplicate]

I had taken a multiple choice business test the other day and the question was the following: 1. In Microsoft Word, the scissors function would be used to: A) Cut or select certain ...
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Does the word OR include AND? [duplicate]

I was recently given a math question which was stated: "...divisible by 2 OR 3". I believed at that point that this did not include numbers such as 6 as the word OR implies that it is the choice ...
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“or” versus “xor” in English [duplicate]

If a said to b "do this or that", would b be disobeying a if it did both? In others words, in English is "or" the same as xor, the exclusive or?
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“No student at your school can speak Russian or knows C++” / OR usage [duplicate]

I'm new at this forum and I love it already. I had some doubts about the usage of "or" in terms of meaning. If we have the sentence as follows: "No student at your school can speak Russian or knows ...
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Does “either A or B ” preclude “both A and B”?

In mathematics, "A or B" includes "A and B". Does "either" mean "A or B but not (A and B)" or does it include the possibility of "A and B"? The context might be mathematics, formal logic or ordinary ...
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What is a good substitute word for the X-cum-Y construction? [closed]

I wanted to use the word "cum" to avoid repeating "and" in the following phrase: example.com is a teacher-cum-student search and listing site... But on second thoughts, the word "cum" is also a ...
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Can an “or” question be answered “yes” or “no”?

I recently moved to the West Coast for a new job. I periodically ask if someone is going to take choice A or choice B. Commonly they answer "yes" or "no." I always asked them to re-state by writing ...
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Use of 'or' to indicate the consequence of an action

I have recently come across this (to me) strange usage of 'or': Given an option to do some action X with a consequence Y Do I want to do X or do I want to risk Y? Specifically, this appears in ...
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Is this an independent clause?

From Nate Silver's "The signal and the noise:" The amount of information was increasing much more rapidly than our understanding of what to do with it, or our ability to differentiate the useful ...
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Boolean OR in English

What is the English equivalent of boolean-OR, which conveys the meaning of "either of the options or both", as opposed to XOR, which conveys the meaning of "strictly one or the other"? "Either or ...
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Word that serves the purpose of “xor?” [closed]

In programming we have the term "xor gate" for when one of two things is allowed, but not both. That is, P XOR Q is true if and only if exactly one of them is true, false otherwise. But English is ...
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Meaning of “or” with negation [closed]

My question is related to this one. In the sentence "she couldn't read or write", I am wondering which of the following interpretations is correct? 1) Is it the logical negation of the sentence "she ...
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Problem with “or” (conjunction)

"Let G and H be regular or planar graphs" means: (G and H are regular) or (G and H are planar) or (G and H are regular) or (G is planar and H is regular) or (G is regular and H is planar) ...