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    "&" vs. "and"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by femfrog, Sep 27, 2006.

    I'm editing content for a website and I've noticed that many people will use the "&" symbol and the word "and" with no particular pattern. It seems like they just assume the "&" looks better than "and".

    I always try to avoid "&" unless it is part of an official name or title. When you see an "&" here, and an "&" there, it seems like there is no thought into the symbols we are using.

    What I would like to know is when is it appropriate to use "&" vs. and? :confused:

    Please help.
     
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    If it was something informal, like a personal letter or an e-mail to somebody, I'd use '&'. For creative pieces I'd only ever use the full word.
     
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    I always use and, not the "&" symbol.
     
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    I do the same thing you do, femfrog. In titles and headings I use the &, but almost nowhere else.

    I'm also an opponent of netspeak, so that might have something to do with it.
     
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    & should only be ever used in titles, "and" is definelty the correct term for any book.
     
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    "And" looks more appriorate. I think & is only useful for letters when you are short space. "And" just looks more, proper.
     
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    Personally I think people who use & just to type two less letters are quite lazy (i mean those who use it just for using it like in stories i see some people do that) it drives me insane. I don't see how hard it is to type the word and vs &. It takes me longer to type & than it is to type and. I suggest keep in the habit of using little shortcuts like that as possible, like through and thru, without, w/o etc. (i have to use etc. since i don't know how to spell the word! hahaha)
     
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    I only ever use the full word. Especially when writing.
     
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    The & Symbol doesn't fit right unless placed in a heading title.




    ~Raven.
     
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    and in text of any serious writings of any sort...
     
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    when i am writing on paper i use the "&" or "+" sign, but the teacher hates that. i cannot be bothered to write it our properly though when i am writing. when i am typing i always use "and".
    Heather
     
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    I use & when I am writing a short note to leave on the table or door for people if I have to take off out quickly and expecting someone, but in writing it really holds no purpose other than a lazy writer in my opinion.
    I never use & in poetry or my short stories that I write and honestly think that it ruins a piece and makes it look sloppy.
    For a draft of your piece, I guess you could use it, but I would stick to the full word, honestly it looks neater and a lot more professional. If you want to be taken seriously, grammar and spelling are the key to getting there.
    A very wise lady told me that without proper spelling amd grammar you can not expect anyone to take you seriously and she was correct.
    Thankyou Maia.

    ~Torana
     
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    de nada, amiga!
     
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    Most professors I have written reports for would cross out the ampersand and write the "and" in red marks.
     
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