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I have read the following definition of a word:

"porzione di spazio delimitata materialmente o meno"

Google Translate told me that "o meno" means "or not". Could I say "o no" instead? If so, is there any difference between both?

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  • Avoid “o meno”. In this case use “o no”, in other cases, nothing. For instance, something like “decidiamo se andare alla spiaggia o meno” is frequently heard, but the “o meno” or the “o no” is redundant and should be omitted.
    – egreg
    Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 9:27

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Yes: "o no" is not only possible, but also more correct. "O meno" is widely used but not recommandable in phrases like this one (can something be delimited "less materially"?).

http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/o-no-o-non-o-meno_%28La-grammatica-italiana%29/

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  • Sometimes "o no" sounds a bit strange; you can use also "oppure no" Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 6:59
  • @RiccardoDeContardi Isn't "o" = "oppure" ? "strange" is subjective. Maybe you meant "idiomatically unusual"? Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 15:31
  • @AlanEvangelista yes, "oppure" is a "stronger" version of "o"; maybe I should have written "sometimes o no sounds not good" ;) I agree that it is subjective Commented Aug 30, 2019 at 15:43

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