The basic and general use of the Spanish preposition "sin" is to express "without"; we use it to talk about the lack of something/someone.
- ¿Quieres el café con leche o sin leche? - Sin leche y sin azúcar, por favor.- Do you want your coffee with or without milk? - Without milk and without sugar, please.
¡Necesito unas vacaciones sin mi marido!I need some holidays without my husband!
Sin tu ordenador no puedes trabajar.Without your computer you can't work.
No puedes comprar alcohol sin identificación.You can't buy alcohol without ID.
To learn about the preposition "con" (with) see Preposition "con" (with) - General use (prepositions)
For a more advanced lesson on "sin" see also: Sin/sin que + infinitive/subjuntive (subordinate manner clause)
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