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    Default Wh questions: the way I ask negative questions

    I'd like to know whether I should ask like "Why don't you do sth?" or "Why do you not do sth?"

    Are both correct? Does each differ from each other?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Wh questions: the way I ask negative questions

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    I'd like to know whether I should ask like "Why don't you do sth?" or "Why do you not do sth?"

    Are both correct? Does each differ from each other?

    Thanks
    They're both grammatically correct, but you'd probably never need to use the second version. I'd recommend you sticking to the first - it's the normal, common way of saying it.

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    Default Re: Wh questions: the way I ask negative questions

    Here we still hear both, though the first is more common.

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    Default Re: Wh questions: the way I ask negative questions

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    I'd like to know whether I should ask like "Why don't you do sth?" or "Why do you not do sth?"

    Are both correct? Does each differ from each other?

    Thanks
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, MoHammaD.

    (1) You have asked a very interesting question.

    (2) In a book entitled The Grammar Book, the authors say that

    sometimes there is a little difference:

    Why didn't you do the work? The authors say that sometimes it

    could express a negative sense. Something like: You should have

    done the work. That's what you get paid for!!! So do it now!!!

    Why did you not do the work? The authors say that this way

    is not only more formal but also "more neutral." For example

    (only my example -- not the authors'): Excuse me. But why did you

    not do the work? Were you sick? Worried by family problems? Maybe

    there is a reason for your not doing the work. Could you please tell me?

    THANK YOU

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