Student or Learner
First, thanks for all the information you give to us, foreign speakers.
Ok here's my question.
Actually, a friend of mine (if you look at my thread history, you will see it's the same pattern, and yes, it's the same person) said that my formulation was incorrect for this imperative.
"Don't you think you can measure up to her".
Of course you can say it like this:
"Do no think you can measure up to her"
But I'm pretty sure both are possible!
Thanks in advance for your help.
Can't this be a prohibitive?
Well, I found this paper on the Internet:
Phrase structure of the english imperative.
The lack of an exclamation mark maybe makes my sentence weird ?
Ok, thank you for this answer !
Can I ask another question ?
Is the prohibition more stressed in the "don't + you" form, or is it just a fancier fashion to say it?
Sincerely, I used it naturally (I think I heard it somewhere) and I lost confidence when I was told it was wrong.
• Don't you go walking all over the flower beds!
However, it is relatively rare, I think, and possibly risky for students who might then start to use it in negative imperatives where it doesn't really work.
It also depends a bit on the verb that follows, I think.
"Don't you think I love her."
It would be quite difficult to make the above sound like a negative imperative rather than a negative question.