I'm trying to make more sense of how negation effects how a sentence is parsed and understood if and's and or's are used within them.
Pop quiz: You are trapped on a bus with a bomb going 50 MPH. You have a radio... (okay enough Keanu Reeves references) :-)
Let's say the bomb expert says "Don't cut the red or green wires." I think that means "Do not cut the wires colored red. Do not cut the wires colored green."
Now, let's say the bomb expert said on the radio "Do not cut the red and green wires", instead. Do I take that to mean:
"Do not cut the wires colored red. Do not cut the wires colored green."
"Do not cut the wires whose insulation has red and green stripes." ?
"It's okay to cut the wires colored red or the wires colored green, as long I don't cut one of each color."
Which meaning should I take if the radio breaks and I can't ask follow up questions?