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Thread: Imperatives

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    -Study your homework or not (don't) , it is your problem.
    -Send me a post card or not (don't).
    -Go or not (don't).

    I can't figure out which one is grammatically OK in these sentences, is it with not or don't?


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    Re: Imperatives

    In the case of these imperatives, "not" is not appropriate, but "don't" is insufficient on its own. I would express these as:

    Study your homework, or don't study your homework [or don't bother]; it is your problem.
    Send me a post card, or don't bother.
    Go, or don't go.

    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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