Student or Learner
My question is why stay NOT in "I have not failed" before failed but in "I would not have failed after would ????????????
Last edited by korotama; 10-May-2014 at 12:06.
In "I have not failed", the 'not' comes after the auxiliary verb, and in "I would not have failed" the 'not' comes before the auxiliary verb.
Therefore, whether what you say is true or not, it can't be the answer to the question the OP is asking, which, from what I understand, is precisely the question of why this happens.
You've been asked by a moderator to put "Not a Teacher" in your post. Also if you are going to answer questions, you should be fairly certain that you know the answer, and you certainly shouldn't make such categorical statements.
A list of verbs that (can) function as auxiliaries in English is as follows:
be (am, are, is, was, were, being, been), can, could, dare, do (does, did), have (has, had, having), may, might, must, need, ought, shall, should, will, would
I may not be a teacher but I sure can apply common sense, Raymott.
Your common sense has led you astray.
Usually we put the negation after the first auxially verb no matter how many there are.
As to "why" -- it's just the way we do it.