End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Jan 1998 to 12 Jan 1998 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 12 Jan 1998 to 13 Jan 1998 There are 15 messages totalling 545 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. A question of the use of "or". (2) 2. outcasted (2) 3. skell (5) 4. Boustrophedon 5. skell again 6. "level the playing field" (3) 7. unsubscribe ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 17:09:44 +0900 From: Hideho Ida Subject: A question of the use of "or". I have a question about the use of "or" in the following sentence. I left the hotel; or I would have missed the train. Of course, in this sentence "otherwise" is correct. But what do you think of "or" in this sentence? Here "or" means "and if I had not". I wonder if I should change the semi-colon before "or" into a comma in this sentence. In Quirk et al.'s _A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language_ (1985), I found the following example: They (must have) liked this apartment, or they wouldn't have stayed so long. I would like to have your opinion about this matter. Thanks in advance. Hideho Ida hida[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.doshisha.ac.jp