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    Default you aren't to smoke

    Hello,

    Is it possible to use "be+not" contractions when giving orders?

    She is not to be back late - She isn't to be back late
    You are not to smoke here - You aren't to smoke here?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: you aren't to smoke

    It is.
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    Default Re: you aren't to smoke

    Possible, I would say yes.

    However, I have always seen "She's not to be late" or "You're not to smoke here", mainly because this way, the negative (and therefore the prohibition) is stressed.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: you aren't to smoke

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Possible, I would say yes.

    However, I have always seen "She's not to be late" or "You're not to smoke here", mainly because this way, the negative (and therefore the prohibition) is stressed.

    So have I.

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    Default Re: you aren't to smoke

    "You're not to smoke" sounds odd to my ear. "You're not allowed to smoke" or "...supposed to smoke" or "...permitted to smoke" would be more natural to me.

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