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[ə(r), STRONG ɔː(r)]

  1. CONJ-COORD You use or to link two or more alternatives.

  2. CONJ-COORD You use or to give another alternative, when the first alternative is introduced by `either' or `whether'.

  3. CONJ-COORD You use or between two numbers to indicate that you are giving an approximate amount.

  4. CONJ-COORD You use or to introduce a comment which corrects or modifies what you have just said.

  5. CONJ-COORD If you say that someone should do something or something unpleasant will happen, you are warning them that if they do not do it, the unpleasant thing will happen.

  6. CONJ-COORD You use or to introduce something which is evidence for the truth of a statement you have just made.

  7. PHRASE: group PHR (emphasis) You use or no or or not to emphasize that a particular thing makes no difference to what is going to happen.

  8. PHRASE: n PHR n You use or no between two occurrences of the same noun in order to say that whether something is true or not makes no difference to a situation.

  9. or else see else

    or other see other

    or so see so

    or something see something

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ə(r), STRONG ɔː(r)CONJ-COORD You use or to link two or more alternatives.Examples

`Tea or coffee?' John asked...
Was she blonde or brunette?...
Spread the inside of the loaf with olive paste or pesto sauce for extra flavour...
He said he would try to write or call as soon as he reached the Canary Islands...
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