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    I don't think "negative sentence"

    Dear teachers,

    Here is the dialogue between Peter and David:
    Peter: "Mary doesn't know how to speak Japanese"
    David: "I don't think she doesn't know Japanese. Her mother is a Japanese."

    I am not sure if this is a correct sentence:
    1. I don't think she doesn't know Japanese.


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    Re: I don't think "negative sentence"

    It's fine, though I think, "Oh, I think she does know Japanese is more likely.

    Actually the dialogue sounds more natural as:

    P: Mary can't speak Japanese.
    D: I think she can. Her mother is a Japanese.


    'A Japanese' is not incorrect, but we would normally use 'Japanes' as an adjective, not a noun', after BE.

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