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Words like and, but, or, link words together.

  Bread-and-butter
  Work or play
  Poor but honest


The words and, but, or, can also link groups of words together.

 

I was 13. I needed a job.
I was 13 and I needed a job.

I needed a job. I didn't want to work there any more.
I needed a job, but I didn't want to work there any more.

I could work as a housemaid. I could work in a factory.
I could work as a housemaid, or I could work in factory.


If you want to emphasise the way two things are linked, you can use

  both .. and
  either .. or
  neither .. nor
  only .. but
  not only .. but also

 

 

The work was both dangerous and dirty.
I had to both carry the hot water upstairs and fetch it downstairs again.

I could do either cleaning or factory work.
I could either stay at home or live with another family as a housemaid.

Neither the work nor the wages were good.
I was so tired, I could neither lift a cup nor drink my tea.

I was only 13 but I needed a job.
I was only fourteen but had to leave home to get work.

Outside in the yard, not only was it cold, but it was also raining.

 
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