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I would like to say that a someone cannot leave something because he/she benefits from this something a lot. He/She mainly depends on them. What is the best word that describes it? Should I say "discontinue" or "do without" or something else?

For example:

Humanity cannot do without technology.

A father cannot do without his son. He really loves him.

I can not do without my necklace. It's a gift from my best friend.

Is the expression "Do without" okay in those examples? Or should I use another idiom or word?

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    Do without, as you have used it, is entirely idiomatic. – Mick Nov 14 '17 at 9:39
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    It boils down to personal taste, but I would only use "do without" in the first case because I interpret that idiom to mean "to function without". So, I would only use that for functional objects, like technology. Tying it to love or emotion seems odd. Example 1: I cannot do without my necklace: it goes perfectly with my dress. Example 2: A father cannot do without his son in this society because only a son can inherit farming land. – urnonav Nov 14 '17 at 14:58
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    @urnonav - I think you've nailed it. Going back to the OP's original sentence about the necklace, I think we could change the "do without" to something like: "I can't bear to give away my necklace; it's a gift from my best friend." – J.R. Nov 14 '17 at 16:56
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I would say that do without in all of those cases sounds the best. Discontinue sounds a bit too formal and can be seen as speaking a bit robotic, especially when taking about a father and his son.

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