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    #1

    not ~ and ~

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    a. Fortunately, the backup servers were not damaged and able to handle the traffic.
    b. Fortunately, the backup servers were not damaged and was able to handle the traffic.


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    1. Both are academically acceptable in terms of grammar, right?
    2. In the case of not ~ and ~, the not only applies to the word that immediately follows, right?


    Thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: not ~ and ~

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Ex.

    a. Fortunately, the backup servers were not damaged and able to handle the traffic.
    b. Fortunately, the backup servers were not damaged and was able to handle the traffic.


    Qs:

    1. Both are academically acceptable in terms of grammar, right?
    2. In the case of not ~ and ~, the not only applies to the word that immediately follows, right?


    Thanks in advance!
    No, there are problems with both versions. In the first, the word "not" attaches itself to both "damaged and "able" which is not the intended meaning. The second sentence corrects that problem by adding a verb before "able" but the verb should be "were" to agree with the subject.

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    Re: not ~ and ~

    If so, can the word "not" be attached to both in the following case?

    "The crowd was not impressed and happy about the recent decision to destroy the remains of the artifact."

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    Re: not ~ and ~

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    If so, can the word "not" be attached to both in the following case?

    "The crowd was not impressed and happy about the recent decision to destroy the remains of the artifact."
    It would if you changed "and" to "or".

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