played tennis and/or football

navi

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armenian
1-He played tennis and football all day yesterday.
2-He played tennis or football all day yesterday.

Which of the above would one use if he played tennis part of the day and played football the rest of the time?

I would think they both work.

"2" might imply that the speaker does not know which of the two he did.
 
  • navi

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    armenian
    Thank you Rover.

    I think it could get more complicated if we had:

    a-He played the guitar and sang all day yesterday.

    I think if he did the two things separately it would be preferable to say
    b-He played the guitar or sang all day yesterday.
    or:
    c-He played the guitar and sang alternately all day yesterday.


    Would you agree with that?
     

    Myridon

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    English - US

    2-He played tennis or football all day yesterday.

    I would think they both work.

    "2" might imply that the speaker does not know which of the two he did.
    With no other context, I think that most people would think he did one or the other but not both.

    Another case to ponder is:
    He played soccer or football all day yesterday.
    Am I telling you another sport or another name for soccer? (I am definitely not telling you both things in alternation. ;))
     
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