The word “and” is considered as a conjunction because it can be used to combine words, phrases, or clauses. Furthermore, it can also serve as a joiner for sentences which are meant to be presented jointly and together. For example, in the sentence below:
It was getting dark already and they weren’t home yet.
The conjunction “and” connects the sentences “It was getting dark already” and “they weren’t home yet” to form a compound sentence.
a. used to join words or groups of words
- Writing is my bread and butter at the moment.
b. used as a function word to join one finite verb
- Come and get me.
c. used to connect words of the same part of speech, clauses, or sentences that are to be taken jointly
- What you say and what you do are contradicting.
The word “AND” in all caps is also considered as a noun in the field of computer logic. Take for example the sentence:
The symbol for AND operation is a single dot.
In that sentence, the word “AND” is not used as a conjunction, but rather as a noun (a type of binary operation).
a. a Boolean operator that gives the value one if and only if all the operands are one, and otherwise has a value of zero
- AND gates are basic logic gates.