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    #1

    not + or/and

    It seems to me that
    - It's not A or B
    - It's not A and B
    both work. What do native speakers think? Are both correct and the same? Thanks

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    #2

    Re: not + or/and

    In my opinion, the first means that it is not A alone or B alone.
    The second means that it is not A and B together.

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    #3

    Re: not + or/and

    It depends what A and B are — in other words, the context.

    YOU: 'What's your favourite meal?'

    ME: 'It's not pizza or chop suey'.

    'It's not bacon and eggs.'

    'It's fish and chips.'

    EDIT: MNY said the same thing a different way.

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