What is the difference between と and や to join nouns?

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What is the difference between と and や to join nouns?

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日本語  れきし  か学 を 勉強します。

日本語  れきし  か学 を 勉強します。

The meaning of the two sentences above is ‘I study Japanese, history and science.’

However there is a slight difference between them. や implies more than what you list. と doesn’t.

So the first sentence tells that the person studies the three subjects only. The second sentence tells that the person may study more than the three subjects.

Vocabulary: Subjects
On this page, you can learn Japanese vocabulary for subjects.