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    present perfect

    Are these 2 sentences different or the same? Please explain if necessary.
    a) Have you ever seen a crocodile?
    b) Haven't you ever seen a crocodile?

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    Re: present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Are these 2 sentences different or the same? Please explain if necessary.
    a) Have you ever seen a crocodile?
    b) Haven't you ever seen a crocodile?
    What do you think the difference might be?

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    Re: present perfect

    I dont know. Is there any difference in meaning? I know we can have ever in negative sentences and questions. Are completely the same? Are they interchangable?

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    Re: present perfect

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    I dont know. Is there any difference in meaning? I know we can have ever in negative sentences and questions. Are completely the same? Are they interchangable?
    Do you think that "have" and "haven't" could possibly have the same meaning?

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    Re: present perfect

    Yet, regardless of the question, they are answered the same way.
    Yes, I have.
    No, I haven't.

    The "Haven't you ever" is used when you are surprised to hear the person say or indicate they have not.

    The "Have you ever" is simply an inquiry.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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