Student or Learner
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?
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?
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.