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    How to use "Not" in a question

    Dear teachers,

    I am writing a question to ask my friends about the princess character of a Japanese anime,
    but I am not sure if it is correct:

    1. Why the princess does not have any magic power?
    2. Why does the princess not have any magic power?
    3. Why does not the princess have any magic power?

    Please tell me if there is a correct answer in choices 1-3 above.
    If there is not, please suggest one.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    1 in incorrect. 3 is most natural, especially if you make it "doesn't."

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    #3

    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I am writing a question to ask my friends about the princess character of a Japanese anime,
    but I am not sure if it is correct:

    1. Why the princess does not have any magic power?
    2. Why does the princess not have any magic power?
    3. Why does not the princess have any magic power?

    Please tell me if there is a correct answer in choices 1-3 above.
    If there is not, please suggest one.

    Thank you.
    Kitty.

    I think number 1 is correct.

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    #4

    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    1 would be right if you use indirect question: Could you tell me why the princess does not have any magic power?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    1 in incorrect. 3 is most natural, especially if you make it "doesn't."
    I would be inclined to say that 3 is natural only if "doesn't" is used. For me, using "does not" in this word order is very unnatural.

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    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would be inclined to say that 3 is natural only if "doesn't" is used. For me, using "does not" in this word order is very unnatural.
    Yes, I agree. It is natural as "doesn't," but not as "does not."

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    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco Moreira View Post
    I think number 1 is correct.
    No it isn't.

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    #8

    Re: How to use "Not" in a question

    Also, the question should finish "any magic powers?", or "a magic power?"

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