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"Negation" is the process that turns an affirmative statement into its opposite denial.

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Using non before compound word

I have the word peer-reviewed. I need to use non before it. Is it: non-peer-reviewed Or non-peer reviewed
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Is there a difference in meanig between “as someone told you to” and “as someone told you”

a. You didn't come home late last night, as your Dad told you to. b. You didn't come home late last night, as your Dad told you. Do these mean: Your Dad told you to come home late last ...
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“It may not seem” vs “It may seem not”

Are these 2 examples both grammatically valid? Are there any differences in the tone or the meaning? A. It may not seem strange. B. It may seem not strange.
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Does “not” modify main verb or adverb?

I was trying to understand why can't we say I have not money, and the answer was that have doesn't mean possession here, it is an auxiliary verb(AV) to make a perfect tense, which requires main verb --...
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Is this grammatically correct? : Something is not A nor A', neither B nor B'

'To love is not demanding nor taking advantage needless to say, neither is it giving up nor sacrifice.' Is this sentence correct? Is there any room for improvement? How about the following ...
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What is the correct sequence of negatives for this use case?

Which of the following sentences is most grammatical for US English, or are all of them ungrammatical and should be written differently? I will not allow anyone to do something to him or her. ...
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Which one is correct? Double negatives

Which one is correct? 1. I cannot do not eat for 5 days straight 2. I cannot not eat for 5 days straight 3. I cannot not to eat for 5 days straight
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didn't happen since

Tom says: My God, Jeff, you have lost a lot of weight! Jeff replies: Twenty pounds! New Year's resolution. Tom says: a. You can't have lost twenty pounds since New Year's. You must have started ...
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What is this actually saying? Written sentence: “This is not a story about wine, well not totally.”

What is this actually saying? Written sentence: “This is not a story about wine, well not totally.” The writer means "There's more to this story than just wine." It's a voiceover attempting to be ...
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“no one apart from her sister” or “everyone apart from her sister”

The outing was canceled and no one apart from her sister, who wasn't up-to-date, came. I'd rather say - 'everyone apart from(=except for) her sister ......' I'd be grateful whether someone could ...
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Correct placement of “not” next to “to” disambiguating a sentence

I asked a question on another site and got corrected by someone. Them being NSE and me not, I appreciated the improvement except in one regard - placement of the negation. So I asked about it and as ...
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Negation of a Negative Statement

My understanding that negating a negation is proof. like: They are not uncooperative = They are cooperative. I understand that the use of the negative statement could slightly change the meaning ...
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How would I negate “I used to be able to do it”?

i)  "I used to be able to do it."  What's the negative form of the abovementioned sentence? Is it natural to say - "I used to be able to not do it."?  ii)  is there any grammatical (like ...
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What do we call these kind of structures?

I don't have Instagram installed on my phone. Does it mean the same as I haven't installed Instagram on my phone.
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How to use 'not'? Can you use 'not' after a verb?

Can you use not after a verb? Is there a correct way to use not? Are these examples correct/ interchangeable? If not what is the difference? Speak not against my father / do not speak against my ...
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looks not easy, seems not easy

Are these sentences correct? It looks not easy. It seems not easy. Or do I need to say like these? It doesn't look easy. It doesn't seem easy.
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Meaning of “no <things> must/should […]”

I want to write a code comment that means "every line in this file must be shorter than N". I wrote this: No line in this file shall be longer than N ...then considered using "must", which is more ...
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subject verb agreement. It's you, not Tom, who is/are to blame for what happened

It's you, not Tom, who is/are to blame for what happened. The model answer here is "is". When I search for the reason, I come across a rule as follows. Then I am totally confused. Why does this rule ...
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How to use the adjective “absent”?

Can the adjective "absent" which has a negative meaning to it be used with the phrase "there is" or "there are" as, in their affirmative form, these are meant to assert the presence and not the ...
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How to use“ everyone” or “everybody” in a negative sentence with verb “be”?

When checking if all the students are present in a class, may the teacher ask "Is everybody/everyone here today?" or "Is everyone/everybody present today?" And if not so, must the students reply "No, ...
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so much not alike [closed]

a. Those twins are so not alike. b. Those twins are so much not alike. c. He was so not in a hurry. d. He was so much not in a hurry. (Meaning of (c) and (d): He was not in a hurry at all.) Are ...
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Negative with subjunctive in that clause

I was wondering, why exactly is it correct to use "not" without a helping word instead of "do not" with the subjunctive in the negative after the "that" clause, after words like "suggest" or "...
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Difference between not and don't in the next sentence [closed]

“In the period we not enter, Romanticism, the Account became the preeminent formula for literary production.” In the sentence above, does the ‘not’ make sense? Should I use ‘don’t’ instead?
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Meaning of “I will not kill you due to your talent”

What is the meaning of: I will not kill you due to your talent. Does that mean: [I will not kill you] [due to your talent]. Because you are talented, I will not kill you. [I will not] [kill you ...
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Is contraction obligatory in negative interrogative sentences?

I know that a verb and "not" are usually contracted when together in a negative interrogative sentence. Example: Aren't they lovely? Is it grammatically wrong to avoid the contraction? Example: ...
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Questions with “do” vs. “do not” — is “not” required?

I read an example of the term "ipso facto" in Merriam Webster Dictionaries which was: If we refuse to tolerate bigotry, do we become, ipso facto, as intolerant as those whom we condemn. I think ...
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not all vs all not

First, I know that "not all" is partial negation. For example, "not all the numbers are 0" means there may be a number that is nonzero. And to me, a non-native speaker of English, it seems that "all ...
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Did not I do it VS Was it not me who did it

I discovered something interesting, guys, look: I did it It's a usual sentence. We can negate "it" by: 1) I did not it We can negate "did" by: 2) I did not do it Also we can negate "I" by: 3) ...
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Not educated VS Uneducated

Is there any difference in 1) He is not educated 2) He is uneducated ? And if there is no, is it possible to make negation with other words by putting "not" in front of them? If you have different ...
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Why did not I do this sooner?

I read some philosophy stuff about life and found some text with such a sentence at the end: Why did not I do this sooner? Shouldn't it be Why didn't I do this sooner? Why did I not do this sooner?...
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Usage of “unless” [closed]

A: He just said he could help B. But right now, he doesn't seem willing to help B. B: You just said you wanted to help me. Oh, unless you weren't being serious, which I would get. I have been ...
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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Negation after the to-infinitive

Do the following sentences mean the same? He seems to have not eaten for ages. He does not seem to have eaten for ages.
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Is this sentence considered a double negative “Neither scenario does not involve fractions.”? [closed]

Is this sentence considered a double negative "Neither scenario does not involve fractions." ?
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Is there any word for unlisten (negative of listen)?

I would like to know if is there any word for saying unlisten (not to listen). Edit I am working on some programming code where the author has named one function listen() and another one unlisten(). ...
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What's the negation of “Sooner or later”?

I find the following sentence in need for the "Sooner or later" but in its negative form. The sentence: This is what I don't intend in disclosing. Not sooner or later. The speaker wants to ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I'm no Lord Ram” or “I'm not Lord Ram”? Why?

I'm reading "Immortals of Meluha" and while reading I encounter a sentence that was delivered by Shiva, he said "I'm no Lord Ram". What I'm thinking is that he should have said "I'm not Lord Ram". ...
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Shouldn't we need to put “not” before “because” to make the structure take “..not…but rather” form?

I am confusing. I guess the author want to express a contrast by using ...not...but rather structure. To negate the forepart proposition, should not we have to insert a "not" to make the part ...
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Can the expanded form of {don't/doesn't} be used as 'correct English'?

I know it may not be very common, but I need to use it in its expanded form (i.e., do not and does not) for a formatting issue. For example: X does not see any logic in your reasoning. X: is ...
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What's the difference between “Try not to blink” and “Try to do not blink”

I recently heard: Try not to blink. However I knew the following form: Try to do not blink. Is one of them wrong? What is the difference ?
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“Consider me in”, about the phrase and its negation

I have wanted to ask about the proper negation of the phrase "Consider me in", but as I have found nearly no result when I searched it on Google, I need to know first if it is common and correct. I'm ...
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Not repeating the negation for the second clause

On world building meta I came across this sentence: Now I truly believe that those that ask in this manner are not actually lazy and just expect us to do their work for them. How is this sentence ...
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Can “non” be used as a separate word?

I used non trivial and a grammar correction website shows it is wrong and should be either non-trivial or nontrivial. x appears in a non trivial number of pages Or x appears in a non-...
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Weak negation vs absolute negation

I am wondering how "More by your numbers than your light" relate to "That poorly satisfy our eyes" or "You common people of the skies". I am trying to understand this excerpt as a non-native and I am ...
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About the negative form

I got a question about negative form. Could you please help me deal with that? Here is the question. If someone says, “I don’t think that he will come tomorrow.” What does it mean actually? “I ...
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can “what have you done” be asked in a neutral way?

I'd like to know if "what have you done?" can be used as a neutral question, since it is often used to express anger, shock or sadness. For example: I want to close a window that has been opened by ...
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why should Allah punish you if you thanked him and believed in him? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any kind of negation in this question. Thanks a lot
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Difference between being and be

For example: don't be aggressive don't being aggressive Could you tell me which one is used in which situation?
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In a negative-intergative sentence, whether NOT before subject or after subject?

I'm a boy. I'm happy. I'm eating rice. I eat rice. I have eaten rice. I'm here. I'm in Canada. What would be negative questions for all above? I'm confused sometimes "NOT" sits before subject like ...
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usage of “no” in a list

I am writing a journal article and tying to give an interesting title. In this article I illustrate the situation of certain people who are neither satisfied with their life nor healthy. I would like ...

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