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With negation, or is motly used.

He doesn't like this or that.

But with without, I see both forms.

When I searched CCAE, it returned result with both or and and.

Like this:

I was there without food and water.

I was there without food or water.

I can see that both forms are used, but what's the difference between without with and and without with or? Is it that "food and water" is considered a thing in unity?

It was what most people said, but I don't think the texts with "and" actaully mean that. It is not even logical, is it? Water and food are separate. Even if you try to refer to them as a thing in unity, or as a one thing, can you possibly understand it that way?

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It depends on context, but both "and" or "or" can be used with "with" and "without".

I was there with food and water.
I was with both

I will be there with (either) food or water.
I will be with one or the other

If you said

I was with food or water.

it would be confusing since it happened in the past and so the result should be known, if you added some context

I was with food or water, I just can't remember right now.

it can make sense but still a struggle using "food" and "water" since one assumes you would remember something as simple as "food" or "water".

If you used "Jane" and "John"

I was with Jane or John, I can't remember right now.

the example makes more sense.

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Bread and water is an idiom meaning figuratively the most minimal meal possible. (Originated from a meal given to prisoners).

Wilbur knew that if he got in trouble again it would be at least a year on bread and water. This dinner is terrible again. I would rather have bread and water!

If you dont think of the noun phrase as a unity,you can use or.

Perhaps I can do without one thing or the other.

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