and

(and; unstressedənd, ən, or, esp. after a homorganic consonant, n), conj.
1) fun (used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) with; as well as; in addition to:
pens and pencils[/ex]
2) fun added to; plus:
2 and 2 are 4[/ex]
3) fun then:
He finished and went to bed[/ex]
4) fun also, at the same time:
to sleep and dream[/ex]
5) fun (used to imply different qualities in things having the same name):
There are bargains and bargains, so watch out[/ex]
6) fun (used to introduce a sentence, implying continuation) also; then:
And he said unto Moses[/ex]
7) fun Informal. to (used between two finite verbs):
Try and do it[/ex]
8) fun (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result):
Say one more word and I'll scream[/ex]
9) fun but; on the contrary:
He tried to run five miles and couldn't[/ex]
10) fun archaic if: and you please
Compare an II
11) an added condition, stipulation, or particular:
no ands or buts about it[/ex]
12) pho logic the connective used in conjunction
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE and, ond; c. OOHG ant, OFris, Go and, Icel and-; akin to G und, D en, Skt anti usage: Both and and but, and to a lesser extent or and so, are common as transitional words at the beginnings of sentences in all types of speech and writing: It grew dark as clouds filled the sky. And then the rains began. Any objection to this practice probably stems from the overuse of such sentences by inexperienced writers. See also and/or, et cetera, try

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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