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Please, could you tell me the difference between these sentences:

Why weren't we informed earlier?

Why were we not informed earlier?

I am not sure about the 2nd sentence actually.

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They both sound correct. The second sentence is the actual, correct ordering, but since there isn't a contraction for "we not", we switch the two words to make the contraction work. This is very interesting, since

Why were not we informed earlier?

is wrong, but

Why weren't we informed earlier?

sounds perfectly natural.

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  • 'Why (5) (we/not/inform) about this earlier? - this is the task from Advanced Language Practice by Michael Vince. My answer is "Why weren't we informed earlier?" The key says "Why were we not informed earlier?" That's why I am confused a little bit. I asked about the 'not" position after 'we" mostly. Thank you for your reply,
    – Svetlana
    Nov 22 '19 at 14:39

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