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British English: /ɔː/
American English: /ɔr/
In most uses or is translated by o or oppure. There are two exceptions to this: when used to link alternatives after a negative verb, the translation is né… né: I can't come today or tomorrow = non posso venire né oggi né domani (for more examples and their translations, see below); when used to indicate consequence or explanation, the translation is (o) altrimenti: it can't be serious or she'd have called us = non dev'essere una cosa seria, altrimenti ci avrebbe chiamati (see and below). - Please note the Italian translations of the expressions or something, or somebody and or somewhere: I'd like to eat a sandwich or something = vorrei mangiare un panino, o qualcosa del genere vorrei mangiare qualcosa ad esempio un panino; I want to speak to the manager or somebody = vorrei parlare con il direttore o qualcun altro; let's go to the cinema or somewhere = andiamo al cinema o da qualche altra parte andiamo da qualche parte, magari al cinema. - For the uses of or after either and whether, see in the entry below and the entries and .

conjunction

  • 1 (linking two or more alternatives)
    o
    with or without sugar? would you like to eat here or in town?
    vorresti mangiare qui o in città?
    it can be roasted, grilled or fried
    può essere arrostito, grigliato o fritto
    any brothers or sisters?
  • 2 (linking two clear alternatives) will you or won't you be coming?
    vieni o non vieni?
    either… or… essays may be either handwritten or typed
    le dissertazioni possono essere (o) scritte a mano o battute a macchina
    they'll stay either here or at Dave's
    staranno o qui o da Dave
    whether he likes it or not
    che gli piaccia o no
    he wants to know whether or not you're free I didn't know whether to laugh or cry rain or no rain, we're going out car or no car, you've got to get to work
    macchina o non macchina, devi andare a lavorare
  • 3 (linking alternatives in the negative)I can't come today or tomorrow
    non posso venire né oggi né domani
    don't tell Mum or Dad!
    non dirlo né a mamma né a papà o non dirlo a mamma e a papà!
    without food or lodgings
    senza cibo né un posto per dormire
    I couldn't eat or sleep
    non potevo né mangiare né dormire
    she doesn't drink or smoke
    non beve e non fuma
  • 5 (introducing qualification, correction, explanation)
    o
    I knew her, or at least I thought I did!
    la conoscevo, o almeno credevo di conoscerla!
    my daughter, or rather our daughter X, or should I say, Mr X Rosalind, or Ros to her friends
    Rosalind, (o) Ros per gli amici
  • 6 (indicating consequence: otherwise) be careful or you'll cut yourself
    fai attenzione, se no ti tagli
    do as you're told - or else! [informal]
    fai come ti dico, altrimenti, se no!
  • 7 (in explanation, justification) it can't have been serious or she'd have called us
    non doveva essere una cosa seria, altrimenti ci avrebbe chiamati

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British English: /ɔː/
American English: /ɔr/

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proper noun

  • Oregon
    Oregon

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