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    I am using Language Analysis on the phrase "Why don't you...(talk to your mum about it)? I have the following questions on this phras":

    1. Does this imply-- why don't you, to get an answer 'why' she/he didn't talk to mum (ex. keeping it a secret from mum)

    2. A suggestion (as an idea which came up during conversation)

    3. Are there any other analysis of this phrase

    Also, is the correct tenses (1) past continuous and (2) present?

    Thanks for your feedback!

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    Default Re: Negative Question, Leading Question

    Quote Originally Posted by unregistered View Post
    I am using Language Analysis on the phrase "Why don't you...(talk to your mum about it)? I have the following questions on this phrase:

    1. Does this imply "Why don't you?" to get an answer to why she/he didn't talk to mum (for example, keeping it a secret from mum)? No.

    2. A suggestion (as an idea which came up during conversation)? Yes.

    3. Are there any other analyses of this phrase? No.

    Also, are the correct tenses (1) past continuous and (2) present? 1: No. 2: Yes.

    Thanks for your feedback!
    You're welcome!

    Here's another way of saying the same thing: How about talking with your mum about it?


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