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    Hello!

    I've just registered, after 'googling' when to use "Me, Myself or I", and I already have a question. Although it seems obvious, "don't you agree?" surely cannot be correct english? I've tried thinking about it and I just can't make any sense out of "do not you agree?". However, don't you agree simply sounds correct when used? ...

    I'm not really sure what answer I'm looking for. Perhaps, I'm just obsessed with procrastinating ...

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Don't you agree? ...

    Try "Do you not agree?" It´s "good English."

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    Default Re: Don't you agree? ...

    Yeah, it's interesting that in some phrases, the contractions can't be expanded. In some ways, contractions have become English words in their own right. I am off to google to search for some more examples. Thanks for helping me procrastinate!

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    Default Re: Don't you agree? ...

    Don't I
    Don't you
    Don't we
    Don't they
    Doesn't he
    Doesn't it

    They all switch order.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Don't you agree? ...

    Haven't you/they/I...

    Yeah, there are a lot of examples.

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    Default Re: Don't you agree? ...

    Quote Originally Posted by deldalton View Post
    Although it seems obvious, "don't you agree?" surely cannot be correct english? I've tried thinking about it and I just can't make any sense out of "do not you agree?". However, don't you agree simply sounds correct when used? ...
    Welcome!

    Looking at it this way might help a little, or not:


    • He is not a doctor. <statement>
    • He isn't a doctor. <contracted form>
    • Isn't he a doctor? <question formation>



    In forming questions, the subject and verb are inverted:


    he isn't => isn't he?

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