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    not in questions

    Hello,

    What is the common place of not in questions?

    I'm reading Pride and Prejudice where not comes right after a verb. But in an audio-book the narrator pronounces not after the subject.
    Example:

    Do not you want to know who has taken it? (in the book)
    Do you not want to know who has taken it? (in the audio-book)

    Is the way of pronunciation used in the book out of date?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: not in questions

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Hello,

    What is the common place of not in questions?

    I'm reading Pride and Prejudice where not comes right after a verb. But in an audio-book the narrator pronounces not after the subject.
    Example:

    Do not you want to know who has taken it? (in the book)
    Do you not want to know who has taken it? (in the audio-book)

    Is the way of pronunciation used in the book out of date?

    Thank you in advance!
    In modern English we would use "Do you not want..."

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    Re: not in questions

    Thank you for the quick reply, bhaisahab.

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