Thursday, 23 June 2011

CONTRACTABLE vs. UNCONTRACTABLE negative questions.

Contracted and uncontracted negative questions have different word order. Uncontracted negative questions are usually used in a formal style.
  • Aren’t you coming? (Contracted – auxiliary verb + n’t + subject)
  • Doesn’t he understand? (Auxiliary verb + n’t + subject)
  • Are you not coming? (Uncontracted – auxiliary verb + subject + not)
  • Does he not understand? (Auxiliary verb + subject + not)
EVEN THOUGH UNCONTRACTED NEGATIVE QUESTIONS MIGHT SOUND AWKWARD TO YOU (BECAUSE U SELDOM USE IT), IT IS NOT WRONG!

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