how to answer negative command

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how to answer negative command

Unread post by nhanhong » Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:04 am

Please whoever is sure about which to repond to the imperative:
- Don't come here late tomorrow!
a- No, I won't.
b- No, I will come early.
I myself feel a- is the accurate response. However, another person just contends that b- is the right one.

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Re: how to answer negative command

Unread post by katejs » Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:35 pm

In real life either would be fine.

However I suspect this is a question from an exercise, as a more natural thing to say would be 'Don't be late tomorrow!' not 'Don't come here late tomorrow!'

If it's an exercise, a) is probably the expected answer.

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