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Help! Confused by 易...易 usage

Posted by dusg123 June 19, 2011 in the Group Grammar Questions.

Hi all,

I've noticed the 易...易 structure a few times over the past week, for example in the warning signs on the insides of elevators:  "严禁携带易燃易爆物品乘电梯.”

I understand that it means “strictly forbidden to carry flammables and explosives on the elevator.”  But does the structure of易...易 just mean “either… or,” or is it used to make lists, or is there some other usage I’m missing?

Thank you in advance!

 

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