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Questions tagged [negation]

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

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“nobody could beat me” vs “anybody could beat me” [closed]

This is a part of translation work that I am doing. Let everyone declare that I am defeated, until I concede defeat, nowhere, ever, anyone/anybody could beat me. Is the bold part correct in ...
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Using “whether .. or” in negated sentence

I have a sentence like this: .. and have no students whether from the same city or others at all Is it correct? Or would using neither as below seems better: .. and have no students neither ...
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Without anything vs without everything?

What's more correct in English: without anything or without everything? (in meaning 'total negation') Sample: It's asp.net core 2.1 app without everything (without web API, without MVC, without ...
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A boy didn't read every book

In my opinion, "A boy didn't read every book"is ambiguous, it can express"a boy didn't read any book" or "Not every book were read by the boy".Am I right?
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What is the meaning of the answer “I suppose so.” to the question “You won't be here tomorrow?”?

The following is an example from Swan's Practical English Usage (515.2) You won't be here tomorrow? I don't suppose so. I understand the answer "I don't suppose so" is the same as I don't ...
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“nothing ‘family values’” or “no ‘family values’”?

I have encountered the construction nothing something in Crash Course US history. Also, he once acted with a monkey and there is nothing “family values” about that. Should no have been used there ...
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Can 'but' be a substitute for 'and'?

Can we use 'but' to mean 'and'? The animal was classified in that category, because people had a hard time classifying it, but (and, although people had a hard time classifying it, because) that ...
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“Not to” or “to not” [duplicate]

What is the difference between: "I promise not to misbehave." "I promise to not misbehave." as in something a kid would say to convince its parents that it will behave well?
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Question tags negative or positive

How can we ask a question tag for the following questions? Negative or positive? The boys problems are physical not mental,...? They were warned not to climb the mountain in such bad weather, ......
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Can motivate be used as a negative word?

Can the word "motivate"be used in a negative situation? For example, "the Stamp Act motivated people to voice their opposition"
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Is there any verb that doesn't have negative form? [closed]

I'm wondering if a verb exists without a negative form. I mean if it does not have it at all or the negative form of it is somehow meaningless. for example: "I killed him" and "I didn't kill him" are ...
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“The teacher didn't bore me to death”: Did the teacher bore me slightly, or did he not bore me at all?

When we place a negative word before expressions like bore to death, does it negate the word bore, therefore making boredom non-existent? Or does it negate the whole expression, making boredom ...
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Does “whether” need “or not” at the end here?

Should i add "or not" after this sentence ? I want to know whether you would publish the results today. I want to know whether you would publish the results today or not.
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What are the rules of forming structures with 'no'?

I cannot find information on the rules of forming structures with 'no' as in There is no milk ('no' + an uncountable noun). Thare are no bananas in the fridge ('no" + a plural countable noun). I ...
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“Wouldn't have been necessary” or “would have been unnecessary?”

I've already made the decision to stick to "wouldn't have been necessary," but I wanted to double check. For a little more context, the full sentence is as follows: She filled the printer with ...
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Making a sentence negative

I've seen the following negative sentences in an English book. Placing a negative auxiliary before the first verb seems to be the right way: I don't think she'll pass the exam. The baby's tired. I ...
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“Had not seen anyone” or “had not seen nobody”?

I am a research paper writer with more than 3 years of experience. In a recent story of mine, I have the sentence: The girl had not seen anyone while she was walking a long and dark street. Then, ...
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What is the difference between 'it's no time', 'it's not time' and 'it's not the time'?

Examples. It's no time to stop believing. It's no time to be unsure. It's not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy. I don't think it's the time to start talking about the future, it's not ...
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“What do …have not to worry about?” vs. “…have to not worry about?”

Is it correct to ask: What do people living in intelligent homes have not to worry about? or: What do people living in intelligent homes not have to worry about?
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“I can't do that, especially not in the house” vs “I can't do that, especially in the house.”

I can't do that, especially not in the house. I can't do that, especially in the house. Are both of these sentences grammatical/acceptable? What is the difference in meaning between them?
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Negation with an appositive containing multiple elements

I don't like the names Axel and Brook. I don't like the names Axel or Brook. I don't like the name Axel, and I don't like the name Brook. I don't like the name Axel or the name Brook. Which ...
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Can 'never' replace 'not'

She was never the same person Frank met before. or: She was not the same person Frank met before. Is the two sentence exchangeable? Can the “never” replace the “not”?
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Why is “too” used in this negative sentence?

This is a news headline on CNN. I was targeted during Nixon's administration. Trump shouldn't make an enemies list, too. Why do they use "too", instead of " either" here? Isn't it a grammatical ...
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Sentence structure with a double negative

I’m having issues with a double negative sentence. Bear in mind I don't want to change the sentence structure around, I just want to know if at the end of the sentence, I put the word isn’t or is ...
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Fix ambiguity in “You're Not Obligated to Work Until You're 30”

The sentence in the title has two, almost contradicting interpretations. (1) that you are not obligated to do the task "work until you're 30", or (2) you are not obligated to do the task "work" until ...
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What is “to like to be held and not to be handled” if it concerns pets? [closed]

How should I understand the last sentence? Rabbits generally eat pellets and plenty of green vegetables; they will also eat hay. They like to be held but shouldn’t be handled too much the first few ...
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cannot open any safe

a. I don't believe he's able to open any safe. b. I don't believe he can open any safe. Don't (a) and (b) have two meanings? First meaning: I don't believe he's able to open just any safe. ...
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“I cannot speak French” vs “I do not speak French”

Which is better English? I cannot speak French Or I do not speak French Oxford Dictionaries tell me that can means: be able to through acquired knowledge or skill and also supply this ...
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not well-educated [closed]

Can one write a. A group of not well-educated people are very happy with the new measures. b. A group of people not well-educated are very happy with the new measures. c. b. A group of people, not ...
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“to not do” or “not to do”

Specifically with the following sentence, which is more suitable/correct? You don't count on humans to not do things they're used to doing. You don't count on humans not to do things they're ...
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Is “There will be no” valid in meaning of “There will not be”?

Yesterday I got a message that "There will be no introduction lecture" Now, I'm not sure if it's a mistake or it's another grammatical way to say "There will not be a lecture". If they are ...
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How would you say the Negation of “be supposed to”

How would you say the Negation of following sentences? She is supposed to be happy. It is supposed to be hard. Tomorrow is supposed to be a off day. He is supposed to be there. He is supposed to know ...
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No student(s) was/were present

I don't know which of the two is grammatically correct or both are correct or the difference if they are both grammatically correct. Please teach me a correct English. No student was present. vs ...
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Does 'NOT' take some effect in this sentence?

a1. This theory is yet to be proven. a2. This theory is not yet to be proven. I feel both a1 and a2 denote the same meaning that this theory hasn't been proven yet and probably will be proven, ...
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Subclausal negation and clausal negation: “not an uncommon mistake” vs. “a not uncommon mistake”

I'm confused about distinguishing the meaning difference in scope of negation. This is a common mistake. This is an uncommon mistake. I know that (1) means the mistake occurs often, ...
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Both phrases are correct? Doesn't or not

Are both phrases are correct? Doesn't or not. It's important doesn't to arrive late. It's important not to arrive late.
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What's the vice versa of “they go low, we go high?”

The expression "vice versa" seems to have been used to express something opposite, but there are a bunch of "opposite" things. My question is when one writes or says When they go low [TL], we go ...
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About positive negatives use

Please take a look at the following example: Let's see if we can't get there before they get back. I'm pretty sure the sentence is grammatical and its semantic is quite similar to: Let's see ...
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Negation with “should be”

I wonder if the as clause in this sentence should be negated. She is not curious in the least, as she should be. or She is not curious in the least, as she should not be. Or are they both ...
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Word order in the full form of a negative question

According to the book "Grammarway 4", in order to form a negative question, we have 2 patterns: Full form: auxiliary + subject + not + verb Short form: auxiliary + n't + subject + verb I am ...
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Meaning of “respecting” in “no law respecting an establishment of religion”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably ...
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Usage of “no other”

I have a question regarding usage of "no other". I know no can be used with "singular countable nouns" as well as "plural countable nouns" but I don't know if I can use "no other" in the same way as ...
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How to convert too… to in negative to so…that ?

In the 2018 ICSE Boards, this question was asked - Anil is too fast a runner to not come first in the race. (Convert to so...that) I wrote a sentence using a double negative. Anil is so fast a ...
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“shouldn't have been” or “should haven't been”

Which one has the good order? You shouldn't have known it. You should haven't known it. You should not have known it. You should have not known it.
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I think not vs. I think no

If I want to answer negatively this question, Is science any thing other than logic applied to the manifested existences? Should I say I think not or I think no?
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Use of “neither / nor” with “aren't”

We aren't able to neither preview it nor upload it. Can I use this above sentence? Is this sentence formation correct?
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Why is it that 'too' cannot be used in agreement to negative sentences?

I think the reason for it should be from the scope of negation. Let's read this conversation: A: I don't want to eat the pizza. B: Me too. To me, it does not make sense, because without a comma ...
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Should comma be used in “X not Y”?

Consider two sentences: 1) What we see here is an apple not an orange. 2) What we see here is an apple, not an orange. Context to clarify: there's an apple, but someone says it's an orange. ...
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Is “any of … + not” wrong?

I think it's "any of them + ... not" to say what everyone did, which happened to be not doing something: I wonder why any of them have not addressed the issue. And the nuance differs if it's ...
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Making question

I'd like to know the difference between Why don't you do it? Why do you not do it?" Could you please let me know the differences?