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    i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    My question is why stay NOT in "I have not failed" before failed but in "I would not have failed after would ????????????

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    Re: i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Claudio0044 View Post
    My question is why stay NOT in "I have not failed" before failed but in "I would not have failed after would ????????????
    Not a teacher.

    Because 'not' negates the auxiliary verbs, not the participles etc.
    Last edited by korotama; 10-May-2014 at 12:06.

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    Re: i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    Quote Originally Posted by korotama View Post
    Because 'not' negates the auxiliary verbs, not the participles etc.
    That cannot be right.
    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.

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    Re: i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That cannot be right.
    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 auxiliaries in English[edit]

    A list of verbs that (can) function as auxiliaries in English is as follows:[9]
    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.

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    Re: i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: i am a little mess i have not failed and i would not have failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.
    No, it has not led me astray. Would is considered an auxiliary verb.

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