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    Dear teachers,

    You can imagine how I didn't really enjoy the special.

    I know how used this way can be following by positive sentence. But can it be, used this way, followed by a negative sentence?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.


    Jiang

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    Default Re: how I did not

    Yes, but it would sound better to my ear if what I must imagine can be summed up in a single word, and if the negative is implied in a verb (rather than using 'not + <verb>):

    'You can imagine how much I disliked....'

    'You can imagine how little I liked...'

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    Last edited by BobK; 27-Oct-2011 at 17:57. Reason: Fix typo

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    Hi BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: how I did not

    Hi BobK,

    Should I rewrite the sentence this way:

    You can imagine how little I enjoy the special.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: how I did not

    Yes, but are you sure about the tense?

    Compare:
    Every year I go the the School Play. You can imagine how little I enjoy the spectacle. [present]
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    I had to watch while she made a fool of herself in public. You can imagine how little I enjoyed the spectacle.


    (If you've learnt by ear, it's easy to miss the past ending, in the context of the following 'the'; but it's there.)

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    Default Re: how I did not

    Dear BobK,

    Thank you so much for your help.
    And thank you for pointing out my mistake. It should be "enjoyed".

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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