Student or Learner
"If you prick me, do I not bleed? If you tickle me, do I not laugh? Of course I do."
I happened to see this sentence in in an article written by a modern scientist. In modrn English, I understand "If you prick me, don't I bleed?" is correct. Is it because the writer used this as a quote from "the Merchant of Venice" that he used the old-fashined form?
May I aske one more thing?
Do many British people know it's a quote from Shakespeare?
In a similar fashion to the following:
"Don't do that!" (Which is almost a throw-away line someone might say if mildly irritated.)
"Do not do that!" (Which someone might say if they were extremely annoyed.)
(BrE first language speaker.)