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    correct?

    Is "(1)" correct?

    (1), You are supposed not to sleep that much.

    If correct, is there any difference between (1) and (2)?

    (1), You are supposed not to sleep that much.
    (2), You aren't supposed to sleep that much.

    Have a good day!


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    Cool Re: correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Is "(1)" correct?

    (1), You are supposed not to sleep that much.

    If correct, is there any difference between (1) and (2)?

    (1), You are supposed not to sleep that much.
    (2), You aren't supposed to sleep that much.

    Have a good day!
    I don't find any difference,but you had better wait for the reply of any teacher......... bye

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    Re: correct?

    No, (1) is not natural.

    'You aren't / you're not supposed to sleep that much' is the correct form. This is a case of transferred negation, where it is natural English to move the negative element to the main clause:

    'I don't think you are sleeping.'
    'He didn't expect to win the lottery.'

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    Very good, Mister Micawber!


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