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    #1

    Why? Why not?

    Hello guys,
    Let's say you're trying to build something and someone says:
    This won't work.
    You're wondering and ask him:
    1. Why?
    2. Why not?

    Would #2 be the only correct question here?
    I'm not sure if I would use #2 only.

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Why? Why not?

    *Not a teacher

    Both are correct. I would prefer 'why?'.

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    #3

    Re: Why? Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    Let's say you're trying to build something and someone says:
    This won't work.
    You're wondering and ask him:
    2. Why not? This is the usual answer. The "not" responds to the negative assertion "won't".
    1. Why? This answer, although much less common, is okay too; it's meaning is clear enough. (Why won't it work?')


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