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    Hi teachers,

    What's meaning of this sentence "I don't like fish or chicken"?Does it equal "I don't like fish,and I don't like chicken" or equal "I don't like fish,but I like chicken"?

    What about these sentence?
    a.We will die without air and water.
    b.We will die without air or water.

    a.We can't live without air and water. 
    b.We can't live without air or water.

    Are they correct?If so,where is the difference?

    Thanks a billion in advance.

     
       

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    I don't like fish or chicken.
    => I do not like fish and I do not like chicken.

    not ... or, more formally not ... nor, is a correlative pair which joins two like units. On its own 'or' means, one of two choices, not both, but when 'or' is connected with 'not', or a word that has a negative connotation like, 'without', then 'or' means, 'and':

    Both air and water
    1. We can't live without air or water. 
    2. We can't live without air and water.
    3. We will die without air or water.
    4. We will die without air and water.

    The difference between 1. and 2. is as follows:

    1. We can't live without air and we can't we live with water either.
    (two clauses)

    2. We can't live without air and water. (noun phrase)

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    So that these four are correct,but use the different way to express a same meaning?

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    Santa says, "That's correct."

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    Hah,Santa also says,"thank you very much"

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    Santas all over the world say, "You're welcome"

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