"How would I go about easily explaining that I'm looking for one thing on it's own, OR with the inclusion of a second thing? Not a "And/or" or "Either/or" situation, but a "Thing A, with or without Thing B". Is there a specific short word/phrase to depict that scenario?"

Was a question posed to me by a friend that I couldn't answer, the only way I could think was to say was what he had already put "I want A with or without B", is there another phrase that could be used in this scenario?

  • If you really don't care if it includes B, just say "I want A". Otherwise, you can say "I want A, preferably with B". I can't think of any other scenarios.
    – JonLarby
    Apr 25, 2018 at 9:32
  • It's not "I wants ...". I want / you want / he wants / they want.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 25, 2018 at 11:51
  • @HotLicks Wow I totally didn’t notice that, edited now thanks for pointing that out
    – JMC
    Apr 25, 2018 at 11:54

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I want A, regardless of B. or I want A, irrespective of B.

Stating explicitly that your want of A is regardless of B communicates an especial irreverence for B but if this is not your intention, it is unnecessary. @JonLarby made a particularly useful comment that "with or without B" or any equivalent can be dropped while maintaining the core meaning and I recommend this course of action if your intent is not to communicate emotions, or lack thereof, about B.

  • That certainly seems to make the most sense, thanks to both you and @JonLarby
    – JMC
    Apr 25, 2018 at 12:44

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