Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 425
    #1

    where should I put the 'not'

    I don't want to be seemed (to be) rude, but which position is the best for the word 'not'?
    1. He is not likely to come tonight.
    2. He is likely not to come tonight.

    I understand that they mean the same as "He is unlikely to come tonight.", but which position is more common for English natives.

    Thank you very much indeed.
    Have an agreeable weekend ahead.
    By the way, Happy Chinese New Year. (I know it's a bit early to say that)
    Last edited by panicmonger; 21-Jan-2011 at 11:11.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,487
    #2

    Re: where should I put the 'not'

    As unlikely means not likely, that's the best way to say it.

    Rover

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #3

    Re: where should I put the 'not'

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    I don't want to be seemed (to be) rude, but
    I don't want to seem/appear to be rude, but ...
    I don't want to appear rude, but ...
    I don't want to be thought/considered rude, but ...


    R.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2010, 04:51
  2. 'Put off until' or 'put off to'
    By EEL in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Nov-2009, 07:00
  3. [Grammar] put you or put the call on hold
    By anupumh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Oct-2009, 15:44
  4. put up
    By drdolittle in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Dec-2006, 17:45
  5. Put it on Put the shose on
    By Anonymous in forum English Phrasal Verbs
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Jun-2004, 10:25

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •