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    Cool double negation

    hello,

    Is the following sentence correct grammatically? I refer to the double negation. Should I omit the word : DON'T?


    But under no circumstances, we donít have the right to compel anybody.

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    Re: double negation

    Quote Originally Posted by sfyn2it View Post
    Correct. You do NOT need the word "don't". You can write the sentence the following two ways and push forward the same meaning:



    2.) "But under no circumstances, we have the right to compel anybody."


    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    Teachers here will disagree.

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    Re: double negation

    "But under no circumstances, do we have the right to compel anybody." This is OK.
    You could also write "We don't have the right to compel anybody under any circumstances."

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    Re: double negation

    sfyn2it, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post. Please note, all posts are moderated by our in-house language experts, so make sure your suggestions, help, and advice house the kind of information an international language teacher would offer. If not, and your posts do not contribute to the topic in a positive way, they will be subject to deletion.

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