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    #1

    Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    Hello everybody!

    I didn't manage to get back home on time yesterday, he didn't manage to get back home on time, either.

    or

    I didn't manage to get back home on time yesterday, nor/neither did he.

    or

    I didn't manage to get back home on time yesterday, he also didn't manage to get back home on time.

    I think I saw "also" used instead of "either" in negative questions.

    What do you think of that and could you provide some more explanation for it?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    My Oxford dictionary says "also (not used with negative verbs)" but I sometimes see people do otherwise, for example, Raymott said "I also wouldn't trust it" in this post.

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    #3

    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    Are you specifically looking for examples of using "also" with negative questions, as your post says? All your examples, and Matthew Wai's example, are statements, not questions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    I am interested in negative statements with "also" instead of "either".

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    #5

    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    My Oxford dictionary says "also (not used with negative verbs)" but I sometimes see people do otherwise, for example, Raymott said "I also wouldn't trust it" in this post.

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    I am not a teacher.

    When Raymott said, "I also wouldn't trust it..." he was giving more reasons for not trusting a website.
    I don't trust it for this reason and I also wouldn't trust it for that reason.

    This is not at all the same as, "XXX doesn't trust this website and I don't trust it also", which is what you are implying.

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    Raymott said "I also wouldn't trust it because..." followed by 3 reasons one after another instead of "I don't trust it for this reason and I also wouldn't trust it for that reason".

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    This is not at all the same as, "XXX doesn't trust this website and I don't trust it also"
    Before Raymott said so, Rover_KE already said he disagreed with a page on the site and he may count as "XXX".

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    I am not a teacher.

    You are being unnecessarily argumentative Matthew. I wasn't quoting Raymott (you may have noticed that there were no "" present), I was paraphrasing in an unsuccessful attempt to explain what I meant.

    It's a bit of a stretch to count Rover_KE as "XXX" when that disagreement came a full 11 posts earlier, but have it your own way.

    What is your point anyway?

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    My point is that Rover_KE firstly disagreed with it and then Raymott said "I also wouldn't trust it".
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    being unnecessarily argumentative, Roman, I will try to change it.

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    #9

    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    I am not a teacher.

    I meant your other point.

    So, do you think it's OK to use "also" in negative sentences or don't you?

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    Re: Can "also" be used in negative sentences?

    I won't use "also" in negative sentences because of what my dictionaries say, but I believe Raymott must have reasons to use it that way.

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