Which is the proper phrase to follow a negative declaration? For example:

I will never go, even if [not doing so/doing so] means death.

Which of the two would be the correct to use?

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This is tricky to parse, but only the former makes sense for what you appear to be trying to say. "Even if not going [not doing so] means death, I will not go, ever" is the sense of it.

I strongly recommend you rephrase, though, since when I first read it I misunderstood what you were saying and almost wrote the answer wrong! Suggestion:

I will never go, even if it costs my death.

Or perhaps (using an idiom):

I will go only over my own dead body.

  • "I will never go, even if it costs my life," might make more sense. :)
    – Nahom
    Aug 17, 2015 at 22:41
  • @Nahom: Oddly, either works, and they mean the same thing. Aug 17, 2015 at 23:23

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