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conjunction strong    and pronunciation in British English
/ænd/ weak    and pronunciation in British English
/ən/    and pronunciation in British English
And can be used in the following ways:
as a conjunction (joining two words, phrases, or clauses): Rachel plays the piano and sings.
as a way of starting a new sentence and relating it to the previous sentence: The telephone isn’t working. And that’s not the only problem.‘My name is Chris.’ ‘And my name is Ivan.’
  1. 1
    used between words, phrases etc in order to connect them together

    the lakes and mountains of Scotland

    Everyone was singing and dancing.

    You cook the lunch, and I’ll look after the children.

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  2. 2
    used for showing that one thing happens after another

    He switched off the television and went to bed.

  3. 3
    used for showing what your intention or purpose is after verbs such as ‘go’, ‘come’, ‘try’, or ‘wait

    I’ll try and find out where we can buy tickets.

    Come and see our new kitchen.

  4. 4
    used for showing that one thing causes another

    The government lied to us in the past and now no one will believe them.

  5. 5
    used for connecting words that are repeated for emphasis

    The situation is getting more and more complicated all the time.

    I’ve tried and tried, but I can’t persuade him to change his mind.

    It’s going to take years and years to repair all the damage.

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    used in calculations for showing that numbers are added together

    Two and two is four.

  7. 7
    spoken used for introducing a sentence when you are making an announcement, asking a question, or changing the subject

    And now, here with the sports news is Kevin Leary.

    And so what have you been doing lately?

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    mainly spoken used when you pause to make a remark in the middle of a sentence

    Two thirds of the students – and I swear this is true – couldn’t name a single country in Asia.

  9. 9
    maths spoken used in numbers after the word ‘hundred’ or ‘thousand’ when it is followed by words for numbers less than 100

    a hundred and ten metres

    four thousand five hundred and twenty-five pounds

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