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How does Google's boolean searching work with its phrasing?

I've never seen a power users guide to searching on Google

     
4:16 pm on Aug 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Some questions from the perspective of a Google user:
Will this do an OR search for either "phrase one" or "phrase two" or will the OR search only work on the words "one" and "phrase"?
"phrase one" ¦ "phrase two"
4:54 pm on Aug 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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prowsej,

The example you cited will search for each phrase. For an example proof do the following three searches, noting the search result count for each one:

"catbird seat" ¦ "catbird seats"
"catbird seat"
"catbird seats"