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I need to give following instructions to the employees:
"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, and Y for all other issues."

Would it be better to say
"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, or Y for all other issues."?

I do not want to make any changes to the rest of the wording.
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How about: "If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues; for all other issues, contact Y."?

Or maybe: "If anything important comes up: contact X for project A issues, and contact Y for all other issues."

culcha
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Go with and.

Or, if this is considered an "other issue", contact Y to see how he wants to settle it.

~aj
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If you really want to *only* consider that word for a change, I'd go with "or". I think it gets your point across most clearly.


Frydaze1
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vs....

"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, or Y for all other issues."

_______________________________________________________

I prefer "and" or nothing, and dislike the "or."

My choice:

"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, Y for all other issues."


sheila
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I need to give following instructions to the employees:
"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, and Y for all other issues."

Would it be better to say
"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, or Y for all other issues."?

I do not want to make any changes to the rest of the wording.


I agree with some others that changing the wording may be the best choice, but logically I think what you want is "or".

By using "and" you are stating contact X for project A
for all other issues, contact X and Y

By using "or" you are stating that only Y should be contacted in the second case.

I know either way people will figure it out, but the programmer in my prefers the correct usage of "and" and "or".
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It depends. The words "And" and "Or" obviously have different meanings. "And" denotes both cases, and "Or" denotes one or the other.

So the audience of your message....are some possibly addressing both? Or do all address one or the other. If former, choose And. If latter, choose Or.
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It depends. The words "And" and "Or" obviously have different meanings. "And" denotes both cases, and "Or" denotes one or the other.

So the audience of your message....are some possibly addressing both? Or do all address one or the other. If former, choose And. If latter, choose Or.



huh?
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By using "and" you are stating contact X for project A
for all other issues, contact X and Y



I respectfully disagree.

"If anything important comes up, contact X for project A issues, and Y for all other issues." is a shorthand way of saying:

If anything important comes up, discuss project A issues with contact X and discuss all other issues with contact Y.



sheila
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"...is a shorthand way of saying"

as i said, either would be understood, but I was speaking logically not shorthand.
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It depends. The words "And" and "Or" obviously have different meanings. "And" denotes both cases, and "Or" denotes one or the other.

So the audience of your message....are some possibly addressing both? Or do all address one or the other. If former, choose And. If latter, choose Or.


huh?


I think the point is: is there an issue that is a Project A issue and also, simultaneously, an "other issue"?

Suppose for the sake of argument that the facility is flooded. EVERYTHING going on in that facility stops, and some things actually lose ground because stuff has to be repaired, replaced, or redone. Project A is among the several projects affected - at a very minimum it is not progressing on schedule. So is this a Project A issue, an "other issue", or both?
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I do not want to make any changes to the rest of the wording.

That's too bad, because often the best solution to a problem like this is to rewrite the whole sentence, sometimes splitting it into two sentences.

Like this, for example:
If anything important comes up, contact:
• X for project A issues
• Y for all other issues
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