grammar: negation in a question

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grammar: negation in a question

Post by fredfred » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:01 am

Good morning,

In the question "why doesn't she like him?", is their any other form that would be acceptable?

To put it more clearly:

Is 'why does not she like him?' correct?
Is 'why does she not like him?' correct ?
Is 'why does she like him not?' correct?

I must say that the first sentence is the only one that sounds correct ('Why doesn't she like him?'). It would mean that negative questions always ask for a contracted form.

The same question with the verb 'to eat' certainly helps us see that there's only one solution.

Thank you very much for your help.

Fred (French speaker)

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Re: grammar: negation in a question

Post by Joe » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:13 am

Of your three options...

"Why does she not like him?" :ok: is correct and quite often used, though less, of course, than the contracted form.

The other two options are not possible.

"Why does she not eat him?" :ok: is also possible.
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Re: grammar: negation in a question

Post by fredfred » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:04 pm

Thank you for your Answer, Joe

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