Questions tagged [negation]

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

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Which negative form is acceptable?

He has not to cook rice. He does not have to cook rice. Which negative form is acceptable? Thanks in advance.
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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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negative sentence, does do a non-a VS does not do a

I read document at this link, https://git-scm.com/docs/git-merge#_fast_forward_merge The following sentence I don't know why they write the way: Often the current branch head is an ancestor of the ...
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did not do it for

a. Tom didn't vote for Dan and neither did I. But Tom didn't vote for Dan for the wrong reasons. (The reasons for which Tom didn't vote for Dan were not the right reasons.) b. I didn't speak out ...
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Present perfect, since something has "NOT" been Happening/Heppened

I was wondering if this form of present perfect is correct: It's been 257 days since the last day a cat video on the internet has not made me cry! My main concern is with the negative second part. So, ...
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I don't think you should have done that

a. I don't think you should have done that. b. I think you shouldn't have done that. c. I don't think you should go there. d. I think you shouldn't go there. Is there any difference between the ...
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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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Using none for three or more nos. in mathematics

Which form is correct? None of A,B or C divides X or None of A,B and C divides X
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Can 'can't V' always have the opposite meaning of 'must V'(inference)?

He has great calves. He must run very fast. is a strong inference using 'must'. Can the sentence using 'can't' always have the opposite meaning of 'must' (inference)? You said he's faster than ...
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think I can do anything

a. I don't think I can do anything you want. Can't this sentence mean two things? a1. I think I can't do anything you want. a2. I don't think I can't do just anything you want. b. You're mistaken ...
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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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none has come up with

I want to know the meaning of the bold portion, please. Also the meaning of the "come up with" and what is subject for the bold portion. She has seen six doctors so far but none has come up with ...
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difference between 'there is not a' and 'there is not any' constructions in the following sentences

A grammar book I am reading says in some cases 'no' = 'not a' or 'not any', and gives the following two examples: (1) We had to walk home because there was no bus. (= there wasn't a bus) (2) There ...
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Usage of “because” for introducing insufficient reason (instead of reason)

Obviously, "because" introduces a subordinate clause to provide a reason (clause of reason) for the main clause "He is sad" in the following sentence. He is sad because he has ...
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Negative of a clause or phrase at the outset of an enumeration + "or" / "and no"

Fowler reads When the negative of a clause or phrase has appeared at the outset of an enumeration, and a disjunctive conjunction is needed, or is generally better than nor. The initial negative ...
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not different from

If two things are quite similar, you can say that one thing is not very/much different from the other. If two things are alike, you can say that one thing is no different from the other. Don't say ...
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Negation of gapping coordination - some doubts related to "or" and negation

Please refer to page no. 791 of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Both in chapter 15 and in this snippet it says or implies that either one or some of the coordinated elements are true. ...
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was not arrogant and

a. He was not arrogant and helpful. b. He was not arrogant, and helpful. c. He was not arrogant and very helpful. d. He was not arrogant, and very helpful. Are the above sentences grammatically ...
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can "not" substitute a negative independent clause

If I said, "I will dance in the production (pause and sigh) not because my mom wants me to..." is "not" negating "because my mom wants me to" or is it serving as a ...
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Why do positives and negatives not usually co-exist?

If I drink half of a bottle of water, there's half of a bottle of water and there's not half of a bottle of water. However, why is the negative sentence not usually used? Is it a wrong sentence?
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Scope and usage of 'not' in a sentence

I intend to say in the following statement that good people should pledge not to be silent and the righteous should win over the non-deserving. I'm not sure if the 'not' is being extended to the ...
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Which is correct: "A that involves neither X, Y nor Z" or "A that does neither involve X, Y nor Z" or both?

I wonder which is correct in the standard varities of English: "A problem that involves neither you, (nor) me, nor him" or "A problem that does neither involve you, (nor) me, nor him&...
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Can I change “Is there” to negative?

I have not seen the case of using the following expressions. Is/Are there no problem? Is/Aren't there (any) problems? Is it possible to make "Is there" a negative question? There are too ...
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don't like all of your friends

Could one ever use a) I don't like all of your friends. instead of b) I dislike all of your friends. (I don't like any of them) ? Could one use c) She can't stand all of the shows I like. instead of d)...
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Usage of the word "don't" + "Substitute"

"It's important to support business, but meal deal vouchers don't substitute for effective public health messaging and measures" The above excerpt is from a political advert and was ...
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She hoped to have done

I saw a sentence She hoped to have done Or a sentence, created with the same structure. I don'tunderstand how it works. Then I saw a full version of it: She hoped that she had done So, it's like a ...
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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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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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"Why can I not carry this?" or "Why cannot I carry this?" - which is the correct phrasing?

I'm playing a game and it doesn't let me pick up an item. At some point I asked "Why cannot I carry this?" My friends are telling me my question is grammatically incorrect. I feel like it might be ...
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Ask about the reason of not giving money to people by banks

Suppose you live in a country, and an economical issue was happened, and the country's banks refuse giving money back to people ... what is the best way to ask about the reason? Why are not banks ...
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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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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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‘Were reports not taken seriously’ or ‘ Were not reports taken seriously’

One of my homework is changing sentences into question sentences. The original sentence is: "Reports were not taken seriously." I am not sure where the ‘not’ should be put. ‘Were reports ...
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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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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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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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"I wouldn't want to..." vs. "I didn't want to..."?

I wouldn't want you to do that I didn't want you to do that We use "would not" to talk about repeated past actions that are not true in the present, and "did not" for actions completed in the past. ...
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The correct negative form of "I would rather"

What sentence(s) is correct: "I would like to go out" "I'd rather you don't" "I'd rather you didn't" "I'd rather you not" I tend to think that 1/ and 2/ are ...
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Negation of sentences containing modals and auxiliary verbs

This question drew my attention to something that seems perfectly clear to native English speakers, but leaves English learners bewildered. When you negate a sentence containing a modal or an ...
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"He didn't say he liked coffee" or "He didn't say he likes coffee"?

According to this link, the verb tense in the subordinate clause can be either present or past tense when the main clause's verb is in past tense IF the fact stated in the subordinate clause still ...
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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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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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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.