Is it ever acceptable to use the word "and" more than once in a sentence? What are the rules for it? I was always taught that it wasn't, but I'm not sure how to phrase certain sentences without it. An example I just wrote from my story: "Mr. Thimbleby gave her a mop and a wash cloth and took her in the direction of the laboratory." Do I really need to separate that into two sentences? I just don't want to use "and" incorrectly.