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I can't do that, especially not in the house.

I can't do that, especially in the house.

Are both of these sentences grammatical/acceptable? What is the difference in meaning between them?

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They actually have the same meaning. In your first sentence

I can't do that, especially not in the house.

Especially is used to emphasize the prohibition.

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I can't do that, especially not in the house.

means when not in the house, it's even harder for me to do that.


I can't do that, especially in the house.

means when in the house, it's even harder for me to do that.

  • I feel like the first one means that it is especially true that they can’t do it while in the house. Maybe it’s ambiguous. – Em. Jun 27 at 20:15

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