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    #1

    the difference between the following questions

    What is the difference between the following questions, please?

    Why don't you do your homework?
    Why not to do your homework?

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    Re: the difference between the following questions

    Only the first is grammatical.

    If you omit 'to' from the second they would mean the same.

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    Please note that a better title would have been Why don't you do your homework?

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    Re: the difference between the following questions

    "Why don't you do your homework?" has two possible meanings. It could be a suggestion that the listener go and do their homework. It could also be a question about a habitual action (in this case, a non-action). Perhaps the listener regularly fails to do their homework and the speaker wants to know the reason for that.

    "Why not do your homework?" can only be considered a suggestion that the listener go and do their homework.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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