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How do we agree with a negative sentence?

What is the choice? 'me neither' or 'me too'?

Say,

Andy: I don't like my teacher.
Bob: Me, neither.

OR

Andy: I don't like my teacher.
Bob: Me, too.

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    But what is a negative sentence? – Damkerng T. Nov 30 '15 at 6:34
  • Examples are there @DamkerngT. If you have better words/phrase for that, please help change the title/body. – Maulik V Nov 30 '15 at 6:39
  • I don't think I really can fix it because the example in your question is specific, so you seem to mean a specific meaning of "negative sentence" when asking the question. But your answer tries to generalize that, and your "negative sentence" seems to have a wider range. And really, I don't know the answer. In other words, I don't know what would be the answers of all possible sentences (e.g., is there any sentence that both the replies "Me, too" and "Me, (n)either" are equally valid?) Is "You can dislike your teacher" a negative sentence? What about "You barely like her"? and so on. – Damkerng T. Nov 30 '15 at 6:48
  • I barely like her - is there 'not' word? I also gave this example. So, the answer would be 'me too' and not 'me neither'. @DamkerngT. – Maulik V Nov 30 '15 at 6:51
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    I don't want to continue this further, but let me be clear about my first comment, in case you might misread my tone. I posted it as a thought-provoking comment so the reader (and you, too, of course) would pause and think if the choice of too/either/neither is directly related to the sentence being negative, and if it is, it's negative how? in what way? -- BTW, wouldn't it be easier to vote to reopen the existing question if you think it was unreasonably closed? – Damkerng T. Nov 30 '15 at 7:39
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Agreeing with negative sentences can take both - 'me neither' or 'me too'. But it depends on the negative sentence's construction.

If the negative sentence has 'not', reply it with 'neither' and not 'too'.

I do not like my teacher ~ me neither (not me too).

If the negative sentence does not contain 'not', reply it with 'me too' and not 'me neither'.

I dislike my teacher ~ me too (not me neither)


I'm writing this as I see that this question is marked as a duplicate; and furthermore the duplicate question is closed!

What is the source of this answer? I'm not sure because I found this from my English Notes. And my notes are straight from authentic sources like Oxford, Cambridge, Swan's PEU, Ed Swick etc.

If this sounds incorrect, I welcome comments preferably with references.

  • Well, problem is that dislike does not give a grammatically or semantically negative sentence. And more problematic loads of other words apart from not do give negative polarity sentences wich may therefore take neither instead of too. For example A: I hardly ever go there B: Me neither. – Araucaria Nov 30 '15 at 10:39
  • The whole issue is just with the word 'negative'. The solution is let's find how to put it in a right way. I'm pretty sure about my notes that come from authentic sources. And, I thought that since those both questions are closed, this would benefit others. @Araucaria – Maulik V Nov 30 '15 at 10:51
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    The thing is that you're generalizing. None of what you've written is wrong. Nevertheless, when you're writing in terms of generalizing what happens in language, your analysis has to be as complete as possible; otherwise, it's considered a flawed analysis. Hence why writing canonical posts is as cumbersome as it is. – M.A.R. Dec 4 '15 at 12:03
  • The only flaw I find here is no reference I remember because it's not written in my notebook (and I have many grammar books). It has definitely come from any of those authentic sources mentioned. And, when I write notes, I don't change my words as far as possible. Said that, those all were called 'negative sentences'. Downvoters don't make any difference to the facts. Even if it is grayed, it'll still serve the purpose. @Ϻ.Λ.Ʀ. – Maulik V Dec 4 '15 at 12:08
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    @Maulik please reread my previous comment. I see nothing in this answer that is wrong. It's just that, trying to be a representative of the language, it's incomplete. And it's wrong to do an incomplete analysis of language. So either I'm not voting, or I'll up vote if you try to speak of the very sentence mentioned in your question, i.e. the specific case. The fact that what you've written is from authentic sources has nothing to do with the comprehensiveness of your analysis. – M.A.R. Dec 4 '15 at 12:13

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