Interested in Language
I noticed some people say sentences like "I don't do this because I hate you" to mean "I do this, not because I hate you"
My question is, is this a habbit, or do most people tend to say it that way rather than the latter?
I think the first will be more common in speech- the second is more formal.
How about using the continuous "I'm not doing this because I hate you"? I think I've heard it more often (in films, admittedly).
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
That too, especially for the moment of speaking or the immediate past.