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I've been searching high and low for an answer to this question, but so far have not had any luck.

 

Basically I use evernote for task management, as well as a store for odds and ends, articles, etc.

 

I use a lot of saved searches like "immediate work tasks" (looks for stuff in the action pending notebook with an @work tag and a 1-now priority tag).  

 

What I am trying to create is a saved search that will allow me to look for things in the Action Pending Notebook, all of which contain the @work tag, and all of which contain EITHER the 2-next or the 3-soon tag.  Basically an work "on deck" search so I can figure out what I want to promote quickly to 1-now. 

 

Where my problem occurs is I cannot figure out a way to force the @work, but still allow the fuzzy 2-next or 3-soon tags, so what I get is a search that usually just delivers any of the terms, which of course then includes any task of any priority level that has the @work tag on it.

 

I can just have separate 2-next 3-soon searches, but I like the idea of surveying the next two tiers together to think about what need moving.

 

Is this possible?

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The Evernote search grammar supports either:

a global intersection (AND) of conditions
or
a global union (OR) of conditions via "any:".

There's no way to mix AND and OR operations for arbitrary boolean logic to show notes

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Where my problem occurs is I cannot figure out a way to force the @work, but still allow the fuzzy 2-next or 3-soon tags, so what I get is a search that usually just delivers any of the terms, which of course then includes any task of any priority level that has the @work tag on it.

As pointed out, there's no way to do this with a normal search, but if you can bear to do a little bit of tag renaming, you can do it with a trick. If you were to rename the fuzzy "2-next" and "3-soon" tags to "fuzzy 2-soon" and "fuzzy 3-next" (or anything with a common prefix, really), you could then use the search:

 

tag:@work tag:fuzzy*

 

to get the desired result:

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