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    Default I'm beginning to wonder whether there are/aren't more disadvantages than advantages.

    I'm beginning to wonder whether there are more disadvantages than advantages.

    I'm beginning to wonder whether there aren't more disadvantages than advantages.

    Could you please explain to me what is the difference between ''are'' and ''aren't'' in meaning in this sentence?

    Thanks in advance...

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    Default Re: I'm beginning to wonder whether there are/aren't more disadvantages than advantages.

    the disadvantages outnumber the advantages
    [1] I'm beginning to wonder whether there are more disadvantages than advantages.
    => are more (positive)

    the advantages outnumber the disadvantages
    I'm beginning to wonder whether there aren't more disadvantages than advantages.
    => aren't more (negative)

    Hope that helps.

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    Smile Re: I'm beginning to wonder whether there are/aren't more disadvantages than advantages.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    the disadvantages outnumber the advantages
    [1] I'm beginning to wonder whether there are more disadvantages than advantages.
    => are more (positive)

    the advantages outnumber the disadvantages
    I'm beginning to wonder whether there aren't more disadvantages than advantages.
    => aren't more (negative)

    Hope that helps.

    thanks again Casiopea. You are a very kind person...

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    Default Re: I'm beginning to wonder whether there are/aren't more disadvantages than advantages.

    You're most welcome, Ihn.

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