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    #1

    "Death cannot not make ..."

    Death cannot not make our life important, can it?

    Is there another way to put it well?

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    #2

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    I am not a teacher.

    Death can make our life important, can't it?

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    #3

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    That seems to have the opposite implication.

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    #4

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    I am not a teacher.

    No, it doesn't.

    'Death can make our life important, can't it?' is the opposite of, 'Death cannot make our life important, can it?' not 'Death cannot not make our life important, can it?'

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    #5

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    I don't agree. The focus is on the statement, not the tag question. In BrE, one might use "innit" for a tag question for all three.

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    #6

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Death cannot not make our life important
    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Death can make our life important
    The meaning should remain unchanged when the double 'not' is omitted.
    Am I right or wrong? Not a teacher.

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    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    In the first, the speaker posits that death cannot make our life important. In the second, the speaker posits that death can make our life important. I don't consider the tag questions to be dispositive about the intended meaning. In either case, the speaker could have posited either statement.

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    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The meaning should remain unchanged when the double 'not' is omitted.
    Am I right or wrong?
    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, you are right Matthew.

    The tag questions have nothing to do with it. You can leave them out entirely and it has no bearing on the OP's question.

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    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In the first, the speaker posits that death cannot make our life important.
    It seems that you ignore the word 'not' after 'cannot' in the OP's sentence.

    Not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: "Death cannot not make ..."

    I thought it was a typo.

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