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    #1

    not

    Which are correct:

    1- He was sort of not happy.
    2- Sometimes the show is wonderful and sometimes it is sort of not wonderful.


    3- He was sort of a not happy man.
    4-He was sort of a not unintelligent man.
    5-He was a not happy man.

    6-He was a not unintelligent man.

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    Re: not

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1- He was sort of not happy.
    2- Sometimes the show is wonderful and sometimes it is sort of not wonderful.

    3- He was sort of a not happy man.
    4-He was sort of a not unintelligent man.
    5-He was a not happy man.

    6-He was a not unintelligent man.
    That depends. Who are we talking about?

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    Re: not

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1- He was sort of 'not happy'. 'unhappy' 'He was an unhappy chappy.'
    2- Sometimes the show is wonderful and sometimes it is sort of not so wonderful.


    3- He was a sort of 'a not happy man'. 'unhappy man'
    4-He was sort of 'a not unintelligent man'. 'He was a not unintelligent sort of man'
    5-'He was a not happy man'. 'He was not a happy man. or He was an unhappy man.'

    6-He was a not unintelligent man. 'He was not an unintelligent man.'
    Something along those lines.

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    Re: not

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:
    To me,

    1- He was sort of not happy.

    2- Sometimes the show is wonderful and sometimes it is sort ofnot (so) wonderful.


    3- He was sort of a not happy man.
    4- He was sort of a not unintelligent man.
    The double negative ("not unintelligent") is OK for me, but the word order switch (not a -> a not) isn't so OK. For me, "not" needs to modify the whole NP: not a happy man; not an unintelligent man.
    5- He was a not happy man.

    • The switch ("a not") isn't OK for me.
    6-He was a not unintelligent man.
    <same as 5>

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