- The café is a great place for locals to meet up for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
- She never learned to read or write.
- School administrators should work to ensure that the majority of students can walk or bike to school.
- Joshua was born weighing just 18 ounces - half a kilo or just over a pound.
- Spain entered the twentieth century having lost its colonies in the New World and the Pacific in the Spanish-American War or, as it is known in Spain, the War of 1898.
- By early Tuesday he was dead - a victim of the most deadly of the world's culinary delicacies, the blowfish or fugu.
- Hurry up, or you'll be late for class.
- We do have to leave now or we won't be back until after sunset.
- I'd better tell him myself or I'll get in even more trouble.
- It was just an accident or was it?
- Emily, unaware of the mental battle that was going on in his mind (or was she?), kept on walking towards him.
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Middle English: a reduced form of the obsolete conjunction other (which superseded Old English oththe 'or'), of uncertain ultimate origin.
1 Where a verb follows a list separated by or, the traditional rule is that the verb should be singular, as long as the things in the list are individually singular, as in a sandwich or other snack is included in the price (rather than a sandwich or other snack are included in the price). The argument is that each of the elements agrees separately with the verb. The opposite rule applies when the elements are joined by and: here, the verb should be plural: a sandwich and a cup of coffee are included in the price. These traditional rules are observed in good English writing style but are often disregarded in speech.2 On the use of either ... or, see either (usage).
- see else.
- (After a quantity) approximately: a dozen or so peopleMore example sentences
- The last hour or so is as close to the magic of the original trilogy as you can get in my book.
- José Luis is in his forties and has a group of a dozen or so mates he has been hanging out with all his life.
- I saw a local reporter for one of the news stations and about a dozen or so protesters.