Soit ... soit vs. Ou bien ... ou bien

A. BryceC1Kwiziq community member

Soit ... soit vs. Ou bien ... ou bien

Are these two options interchangeable ??

I was marked wrong for using it in one of your questiona

Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi A. Bryce.

Although you could use 'ou bien' instead of 'soit ... soit' in some cases, in this lesson you are being tested on the use of the latter so you would be marked wrong.

Bonne Continuation !

ChristianC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

EDIT: Update after official answer was posted.

So independent from the correct answer to the quiz question. 

Could someone come up with examples when only one of the conjunctions is grammatically correct/idiomatic?

I figured that they are interchangeable except that the "bien" adds emphasis on the distinction or on a consequence ("or else").

My impression is that you would more likely use "soit" when starting a sentence e.g. "Soit je gagne soit j'apprends.". But I think the following are fine as well:
"Ou (bien) je gagne ou (bien) j'apprends."

As far as I can tell, you could also add "ou (bien)" as second part to "soit":
"Soit je gagne ou bien j'apprends."

Soit ... soit vs. Ou bien ... ou bien

Are these two options interchangeable ??

I was marked wrong for using it in one of your questiona

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