- And is used to express also, in addition, moreover, then, besides, at the same time and plus.
- An example of and is four and nine equals 13.
- An example of and is "She went to the grocery store, at the same time she bought an ice cream cone."
- in addition; also; as well as: used to join elements of similar syntactic structure: apples and pears; a red and white dress; he begged and borrowed
- plus; added to: 6 and 2 equals 8
- but; yet; in contrast: vegetable oil is digestible and mineral oil is not
- then again; then in addition: used between two instances of the same word to express repetition or continuity: we talked and talked
- as a consequence or result: he told her and she wept
- then; following this: she drove to the store and bought groceries
- Informal to: used as a sign of the infinitive: try and understand
- as well as other kinds of: used between two instances of the same word to express difference in kind or quality: there are painters and painters, my friend
- Archaic then: used before a sentence: and it came to pass
- Obsolete if
Origin: Middle English and, an ; from Old English and, ond; akin to German und, Old High German unti, Old Saxon endi, Old Norse enn: the origin, originally meaning was “thereupon, then, next”
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- Together with or along with; in addition to; as well as. Used to connect words, phrases, or clauses that have the same grammatical function in a construction.
- Added to; plus: Two and two makes four.
- Used to indicate result: Give the boy a chance, and he might surprise you.
- Informal To. Used between finite verbs, such as go, come, try, write, or see: try and find it; come and see. See Usage Note at try.
- Archaic If: and it pleases you.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see en in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: It is frequently asserted that sentences beginning with and or but express “incomplete thoughts” and are therefore incorrect. But this rule has been ridiculed by grammarians for decades, and the stricture has been ignored by writers from Shakespeare to Joyce Carol Oates. When asked whether they paid attention to the rule in their own writing, 24 percent of the Usage Panel answered “always or usually,” 36 percent answered “sometimes,” and 40 percent answered “rarely or never.” See Usage Notes at both, but, with.
Origin: From and.
and - Phrases/Idioms
- and so /on
- And other unspecified things of the same class: bought groceries, went to the bank, picked up the dry cleaning, and so forth.
- Further in the same manner.
and then some