He has not played cricket and/or hockey.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NUPUR, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. NUPUR

    NUPUR Senior Member

    New Delhi
    Hindi - India
    Which sentence is correct ? And please suggest if you have more better sentences to replace these.
    1. He has not played cricket or hockey.
    2. He has not played cricket and hockey .
    3. He has played neither cricket nor hockey.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2016
  2. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    The sentences are all written as statements, but the question-mark indicates that they are meant to be questions.:confused: Do you mean them to be questions?

    (When we write, we cannot show the intonation that might be used when speaking - and that would let us know whether the sentences are interrogative.)
     
  3. NUPUR

    NUPUR Senior Member

    New Delhi
    Hindi - India
    Sorry, These question-mark were my typos error. (Edited)
     
  4. Englishmypassion

    Englishmypassion Senior Member

    Nainital
    India - Hindi
    I think they are all correct but there is difference of meaning.
     
  5. NUPUR

    NUPUR Senior Member

    New Delhi
    Hindi - India
    Okay, Could you please tell me difference ?
     
  6. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    1. He has not played cricket or hockey = he didn't play cricket, he didn't play hockey. This is the most normal.
    2. He has not played cricket and hockey = he didn't play the cricket+hockey combination that the school offered or that you just alleged. This would be unusual.
    3. He has played neither cricket nor hockey = same as no.1 but more formal.
     
  7. NUPUR

    NUPUR Senior Member

    New Delhi
    Hindi - India
    Okay, Thank you Sir :)
     
  8. Englishmypassion

    Englishmypassion Senior Member

    Nainital
    India - Hindi
    Plus, the third negates each one (out of the two) more emphatically than the first, I think.
     
  9. NUPUR

    NUPUR Senior Member

    New Delhi
    Hindi - India
    Okay, Thank you Englishmypassion. :)
     

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