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    How to response negative sentence.

    Hello,

    I have a question regarding the conversation below;

    A: I wouldn’t leave you crying in another room and not go to you, would I?
    B: Listen if you ever see me crying, please make sure you do!


    Does B mean "If you see me crying, please leave me alone." or "Make sure you come to me"?
    I'm not sure which parts B responds, "leave you crying" or "not go to you".

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: How to response negative sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question regarding the conversation below;

    A: I wouldn’t leave you crying in another room and not go to you, would I?
    B: Listen if you ever see me crying, please make sure you do!


    Does B mean "If you see me crying, please leave me alone." or "Make sure you come to me"?
    I'm not sure which parts B responds, "leave you crying" or "not go to you".

    Thank you,
    Tara
    B is ambiguous. It may equally well mean either of your two interpretations. Some additional context might possibly resolve the ambiguity.

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    Re: How to response negative sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question regarding the conversation below;

    A: I wouldn’t leave you crying in another room and not go to you, would I?
    B: Listen if you ever see me crying, please make sure you do!


    Does B mean "If you see me crying, please leave me alone." or "Make sure you come to me"?
    I'm not sure which parts B responds, "leave you crying" or "not go to you".

    Thank you,
    Tara
    B is ambiguous. It may equally well mean either of your two interpretations. Some additional context might possibly resolve the ambiguity.

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    Re: How to response negative sentence.

    Hi probus,

    Thanks a lot for answering my question.
    Before this conversation, A says "Parents should not leave their babies crying." and
    B says "Leaving a baby to cry it out isn’t abusive."
    So I guess B means "If you see me crying, please leave me alone."

    Thank you.
    Tara

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    Re: How to response negative sentence.

    So I guess B means "If you see me crying, please leave me alone."
    So do I.

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