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    Is it wrong?

    Hello people..

    I say: "Students not studying will fail" as being equivalent to "Students who don't study will fail"

    Is it wrong?

    What about this too: "People not having to get up early don't have to sleep early" as being equivalent to "People who don't have to get up early don't have to sleep early"..

    What do you say?
    Thanks

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    Re: Is it wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hello people. everyone.

    I think "Students not studying will fail" as being is equivalent to "Students who don't study will fail"

    Is it wrong?

    What about this too? "People not having to get up early don't have to sleep early" as being is equivalent to "People who don't have to get up early don't have to sleep early".

    What do you say?

    Thanks.
    The sentence about the students sounds fine to me although I'm not sure why you want an alternative to the perfectly acceptable "Students who don't study will fail". The only thing with the "not studying" version is that it sounds more like a present continuous situation so people might take it to mean "Students who are not studying now, but were studying hard last week and might study hard again tomorrow, will fail anyway".

    The sentence regarding getting up early is not natural. For a start, we usually say that people who have to get up early also have to "go to bed" or "go to sleep" early, not just "sleep". I can't really put my finger on why "People not having to" doesn't work here, it just doesn't, in my opinion.

    One full stop is sufficient at the end of a sentence.

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