'I don't like you because you have money', this sentence is a little logically weird for me, though I know it conveys the same meaning of the sentence 'I like you not because you have money'. Can I directly say the second one instead of the first?


From my point of view, both sentences seem unsuitable. I suggest this sentence: "Money is not the reason that I like you". I just guess the meaning of your sentences. Hope that it will be correct per your intent.


They mean different things. In:

I don't like you because you have money.

"you" has money but isn't liked by "I".

I like you not because you have money

is more of a sentence fragment or at least an incomplete thought.

I like you not because you have money, but because you are kind and considerate.

Without the explanation, you could also use:

I like you but not because you have money.

In either of these examples, "I" likes "you", but the reason is not the money "you" has, but another reason.

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