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    Are they correct?

    Hello everyone
    Could you please tell me whether the answers to the questions are correct?
    Thank you.
    1. Are they often busy? No, they often aren't. / No, not often.
    2. Do they usually work late? No, they usually don't. / No, not usually.

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    Re: Are they correct?

    I'd say:

    1. Are they often busy? No, they aren't often. / No, often not.
    2. Do they usually work late? No, usually they don't. / No, usually not.

    P.S. The word in bold is stressed.

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    Re: Are they correct?

    I would answer this way:

    1. Are they often busy? No, they aren't. / No, not often.

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    Re: Are they correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello everyone
    Could you please tell me whether the answers to the questions are correct?
    Thank you.
    1. Are they often busy? No, they often aren't. / No, not often.
    Also you should be aware that there is no contradiction between:
    "They are often busy" and "They are often not busy."
    But there is a contradiction between:
    "They are often busy" and "They are not often busy."

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