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    james_chew_84 Guest

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    I need an explanation on when to use

    1) do you know him?
    2) don't you know him?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_chew_84
    I need an explanation on when to use

    1) do you know him?
    2) don't you know him?

    Thank you.
    Question 1) requires a Yes/No answer in response, whereas question 2) requires an explanation in response. 2) means, Why is it that you don't know him? Gee, you should know him, or at least, I thought you knew him. 2) is somewhat awkward pragmatically. The person it's directed to might take it as a judgement i.e., why are you questioning what I know and what I don't know?

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