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.


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

I don't like football so does Micheal


Neither I like football nor Micheal


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. Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 6:17

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