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10 Aug 2008, 11:46
it could be a silly question, but i am not clear on?
When do we use and and when &?
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10 Aug 2008, 19:11
The ampersand (&) shouldn't really be used outside of very specific situations, such as the term R&D or M&A. In fact, quasi-abbreviations such as those two probably make up 90% of ampersand usage.

On the flip side, if you were to write out my examples, it's more appropriate to write "research and development" and "mergers and acquisitions."

I'm not sure if there is a specific rule as to ampersand usage, but it is generally too informal for wholesale replacement of the word "and".
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10 Aug 2008, 22:41
rca215 wrote:
The ampersand (&) shouldn't really be used outside of very specific situations, such as the term R&D or M&A. In fact, quasi-abbreviations such as those two probably make up 90% of ampersand usage.

On the flip side, if you were to write out my examples, it's more appropriate to write "research and development" and "mergers and acquisitions."

I'm not sure if there is a specific rule as to ampersand usage, but it is generally too informal for wholesale replacement of the word "and".

ampersand :- noted.

make sense.
thanks.
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11 Aug 2008, 00:17
rca215 wrote:
The ampersand (&) shouldn't really be used outside of very specific situations, such as the term R&D or M&A. In fact, quasi-abbreviations such as those two probably make up 90% of ampersand usage.

On the flip side, if you were to write out my examples, it's more appropriate to write "research and development" and "mergers and acquisitions."

I'm not sure if there is a specific rule as to ampersand usage, but it is generally too informal for wholesale replacement of the word "and".

But in GMAT do v get such options where there is a decision to be made between the two usage
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11 Aug 2008, 09:08
spriya wrote:
rca215 wrote:
The ampersand (&) shouldn't really be used outside of very specific situations, such as the term R&D or M&A. In fact, quasi-abbreviations such as those two probably make up 90% of ampersand usage.

On the flip side, if you were to write out my examples, it's more appropriate to write "research and development" and "mergers and acquisitions."

I'm not sure if there is a specific rule as to ampersand usage, but it is generally too informal for wholesale replacement of the word "and".

But in GMAT do v get such options where there is a decision to be made between the two usage

I highly doubt it. That's a really obscure thing to ask and not one that I think really measures verbal ability in the slightest. Don't sweat it.
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