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    Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    This one has me stumped, although I suspect both options may be correct.

    Where do we insert the negative in a sentence relating to your friendly neighbourhood prowler?:

    "Nobody like that should be walking around loose!" or

    "Somebody like that should not be walking around loose"!

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    What oddity do you see?

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    I was just wondering if the negative portion should come at the beginning of the sentence (i.e. "Nobody") or if one generally starts off with positive (i.e. "Somebody") ending with the negative element, namely "not".

    In many cases it may be interchangable, but not always. I had been staring at this one for so long I thought I'd better get a second opinion.

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    Interesting . . .

    [1] Nobody like that should be walking around loose!
    => No person like that should be walking around loose!

    [2] Somebody like that should not be walking around loose!
    => A person like that shouldn't be walking around loose!

    I like [2]. I don't know why. Hmm.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    I'm split on this one. That's why I turned to the forum, just in case there was a correct and an incorrect answer.

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    You might also want to try the Delphi Forum. They've great debates.

    Look up, top left corner, where it says English Forums.

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    Re: Negative+Positive or Positive+Negative?

    Thank you.

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