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negation

Postby navi » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:15 am

Are these sentences correct:

1-For the second time, they left Old Trafford not on the losing end.

2-He left the room not in a wheelchair.

3-He left the room, not in a wheelchair.

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Re: negation

Postby Alan » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:18 am

1, yes. 2 & 3, no.

A not-phrase of this sort generally needs either to be complemented by a following but-phrase or modified in some way, as here by 'for the second time'.
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