Recently I have noticed that, in a casual conversation, I tend to end a lot of alternative type questions with ‘or’ followed by a short pause, during which I would wait the other people to response with an answer. Probably because I don’t know what to say for the other alternatives and expect the other person to fill the gap. To clarify with two examples:

A: Are you conducting these surveys for your doctorate degree? Or ...
B: Oh no, it’s just a pastime.

A: Now that we are here, which one do you want to try first? The slide, roller coaster or...
B: Let’s go on the Ferris wheel.

Do native speakers do this? Or do I need something after ‘or’, like ‘what/something’ for example?


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I am not a native speaker but to me it sounds perfectly fine and idiomatically acceptable to end a question with a prompting "or?"

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    This native speaker concurs.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 12:36

this native speaker says it is a lazy habit. The purpose of using 'or' is to provide two or more options, not one. otherwise it is not a choice, which 'or' proposes

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