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    present subjunctive (and negation)?

    How should I use negation in a present subjunctive clause? It is true that negation in a present subjunctive clause doesn't need the auxiliary "do"? If it is, is a sentence like "They allow that he not say anything." correct?

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    Re: present subjunctive (and negation)?

    Could someone please answer me?


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    Re: present subjunctive (and negation)?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen
    How should I use negation in a present subjunctive clause? It is true that negation in a present subjunctive clause doesn't need the auxiliary "do"? If it is, is a sentence like "They allow that he not say anything." correct?


    Your sentence doesn't make sense to me.

    allow S/O to do S/T

    Why don't you say like that:
    They don't allow me to say anything.

    hope this helps...

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    #4

    Re: present subjunctive (and negation)?

    I might need use a different sentence? Maybe "I suggest that you not do this."?

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    Re: present subjunctive (and negation)?

    Without using the auxiliary verb "do" you could say:

    "he is not allowed to say anything"

    or

    "they have disallowed him to say anything"

    or even

    "he has been restricted from saying anything by them"

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    Re: present subjunctive (and negation)?

    Please, mind the difference between being allowed not to say something and not being allowed to say something. They don't mean the same.

    Also, allow does not call for subjunctive, calls for infinitive. It should be: they allowed him not to say something.

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