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Are these sentences correct?
You shouldn't talk to him. I will.
If you won't go talk to him. I will.
If you aren't going to talk to him. I will.
Do you understand that #1 has a different meaning to the other two, Offroad?
No, I do not. I did think they shared the same meaning. Could you explain the difference?
Thank you for raising this question!
In the first sentence the speaker is advising someone not to talk to a third party; s/he is saying that s/he (the speaker) will talk to that person.
In the second and third sentences, the speaker is saying that s/he (the speaker) will talk to the third party if the person addressed does not do so. The speaker is not imposing any obligation on the person addressed not to talk to the third party.
Hmm. The context made me think they were the same.