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.