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    #1

    'or' to join two negative verb phrases.

    Hello,

    I can also get in touch with people that don't have or don't like to text. (THAT'S OK)

    My question is can we use 'or' withhout putting 'not' both side?

    For example:

    -Even though the raising of children is not an easy job or a traditional job for Japanese men, we must accept that it is partly men's work, too.

    -I can also get in touch with people that don't have or like to text.

    Are they Ok? (P.S we know that we don't use 'and' in this way).
    Last edited by aysaa; 29-Feb-2012 at 16:45.

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    Re: 'or' to join two negative verb phrases.

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hello,

    I can also get in touch with people that don't have or don't like to text. (THAT'S OK) It's not a natural sentence.

    My question is can we use 'or' withhout putting 'not' both side?

    For example:

    -Even though the raising of children is not an easy job or a traditional job for Japanese men, we must accept that it is partly men's work, too. This would be OK as " Even though the raising of children is not an easy or traditional job for Japanese men..."

    -I can also get in touch with people that don't have or like to text.

    Are they OK? (P.S we know that we don't use 'and' in this way).
    Bhai.

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    #3

    Re: 'or' to join two negative verb phrases.

    The first sounds a little unnatural to me, not because of the use of "or" but because we don't generally say that someone "has" text.
    Your sentence in full would read "I can also get in touch with people who don't have text or don't like to text." Do you mean people who own a phone which doesn't have the text facility? People who don't have a mobile phone?

    I would be more likely to say "... people who can't or don't like to text".

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    Re: 'or' to join two negative verb phrases.

    I just wanted to learn if we have to put 'don't' in both side or not.

    "I can also get in touch with people who don't have text or like to text" instead of "I can also get in touch with people who don't have text or don't like to text."

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    Re: 'or' to join two negative verb phrases.

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    I just wanted to learn if we have to put 'don't' in both side or not.

    "I can also get in touch with people who don't have text or like to text" instead of "I can also get in touch with people who don't have text or don't like to text."
    OK, I understand that you're interested in the necessity for the word "don't" in both halves of the sentence, but it's relevant that if we don't say "to have text" then we're not going to say "don't have text".

    I can also get in touch with people who don't like or have the facility to text.

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