Recently I hear it a lot in different movies and it is bothering me a lot so I'll be pleased if you guys answer me😃


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Is not it wrong?

is, well, wrong ;) The correct word order is

Is it not wrong?

What you may be hearing is the shortened version

Isn't it wrong?

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    I disagree that the word order is wrong. Poetic, yes; uncommon in spoken English, yes, but not wrong. e.g, "Is not it the case that if an industry is pretty profitable more capital will flow to that industry?"
    – stangdon
    Sep 3, 2022 at 11:38
  • @stangdon: Define "wrong". I find your cited usage hopelessly "non-idiomatic", even thought it's obviously syntactically "valid". Sep 3, 2022 at 13:13
  • @FumbleFingers Why are you asking me to define "wrong" but not the original answerer? :-) As for whether it's "hopelessly non-idiomatic", you can certainly find multiple examples of the structure if you look around.
    – stangdon
    Sep 3, 2022 at 13:44
  • The way NGrams treats contracted forms prevents it being much use here. But Google Books has just a dozen instances of Is not it the case compared to hundreds of both Isn't it the case and Is it not the case. Sep 3, 2022 at 14:24
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    ...I already said they're all "syntactically valid". But what most learners want to know is What forms do the vast majority of native Anglophones use? And there's no doubt on that score. Sep 3, 2022 at 14:25

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