I have a problem with the "and" when my friend get me this sentence:
Students can join the debate team and learn a lot of skills.
To the best of my knowledge, "and" tells parallel meaning which the two items connected by "and" are of the same weighting. For example:
I love Pokemon and Mario.
This should be only suggesting that I love both of them, but not implying that I prefer one to the another.
However, in the first quote, the sentence seems, to me, focusing what students can do but not how students can be benefited from the team. If I were my friend, I would have written:
Students can join the debate team and then/therefore learn a lot of skills.
I think this stresses that you learn the skills from the team (which is the chronological order). But is that still OK to use "and"? I think this doesn't matter a lot in spoken English, but when it comes to written English, does it really matter?
I know in certain discourses like recipes, "and" can imply orders:
Dice the carrots and fry them.
But is it usually fine to use "and" to tell sequences? Thanks!