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Inclusive/exclusive or

For each of these sentences, determine whether an inclusive or an exclusive or is intended. Explain your answer.

a) Experience with C++ or Java is required.
b) Lunch includes soup or salad.
c) To enter the country you need a passport or a voter registration card.
d) Publish or perish

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An inclusive or ( p or q ) means p or q and both;
An exclusive or ( p or q ) means p or q but not both.

So,

a) Experience with C++ or Java is required.

This is an exclusive or, since ...

Solution Summary

This shows how to determine whether statements have inclusive or exclusive or.

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