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I need to identify the mistake in the following sentence:

I don't like football and so does Michael.

What's wrong with this sentence. And why?

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What is wrong is that the sense (positive, negative) does not match.

The clause "so does Michael" means he does like football - so the joining word "and" is incorrect.

The correction depends on what is to be the correct meaning, either:

  1. You both do not like football.

    I don't like football and neither does Michael.

  2. Or you don't like football but Michael does.

    I don't like football but Michael does.

If I heard this I would probably assume the first correction is what is meant. However, the sentence is incorrect so its meaning is unclear.

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Two different conjunctions are used unnecessarily which creates ambiguity. you can write ..

I don't like football so does Micheal

or

Neither I like football nor Micheal

or

Micheal likes football but not I.

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    The first of these is wholly ungrammatical and can't be used in English at all. The second might perhaps be useful within a complicated poem using rather archaic language, but is otherwise completely unsuitable as well. Only the third is any good normally, and it's a little funky — "but I don't" would be more common in this kind of relatively informal situation. Apr 17, 2018 at 6:17

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