When do you use “&” instead of “and”?

common english When-do-you-use-instead-of-and?

Answer by John A Raju:

Always wanted to teach people the difference 🙂

When you want to connect two nouns, i.e., people, animals, objects etc. you use the "&" which is called the ampersand. For example:

  • Jack & Jill went up the hill.
  • Tom & Jerry were fighting as usual.
  • He bought an apple & a mango from the market.

But using the "and" instead of the symbol is also not incorrect in this case.

And when you have to connect sentences or anything other than nouns, you use the "and" in full form. For example :

  • He ran past the two defenders and scored a goal, not He ran past the two defenders & scored a goal.
  • She took her daughter in her arms and kissed her, not She took her daughter in her arms & kissed her.

(EDIT 1 : Changed the second example in response to some valid comments :))

Note that you can use the "and" in full form in either case but the "&" only when connecting two nouns. That is, wherever you can use the "&", you can also use the "and" instead, but the reverse is not true.

This is how I have understood it, but if I'm wrong please correct. Hope this helps.

EDIT 2 : As pointed out by some, "&" is not considered acceptable in formal writing.

When do you use "&" instead of "and"?

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