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    #1

    not going to vs going to not do

    "I knew he was not going to do that again." #1

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    "I knew he was going to not do that again." #2

    I wonder if #2 is acceptable?
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    #2

    Re: not going to vs going to not do

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I knew he was not goiong to do that again." #1

    OR

    "I knew he was going to not do that again." #2

    I wander if #2 is acceptable?
    I suppose it's possible to dream up a context for it, but the realistic answer is 'no'.

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    #3

    Re: not going to vs going to not do

    By the way, you don't "wander" about this - you "wonder" about this.

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    Re: not going to vs going to not do

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    By the way, you don't "wander" about this - you "wonder" about this.
    A person has not been nice to me lately but he still asked me for a favor, could I say "I'm so going to not dp that for you." as if I was trying to emphize my unwillingness of not doing him a favor?

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    #5

    Re: not going to vs going to not do

    As I have said more than once before, it is possible to say almost anything in English, especially if the stress and intonation are appropriate. I would not recommend it, however. A far more natural way of saying it would be, " I am not going to do that for you".

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