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    Don't you leave me?

    I thought although 'don't you' is a negative form, it means almost same as positive one.

    For example, when someone says, "don't you see?" or "don't you remember?", then I can assume they are saying "do you see" or "do you remember".

    Because I'm not native, sometimes I find it difficult to understand 'don't ~' form, so I usually interpret 'don't' as 'do'.

    But still I'm not sure of the followings..
    Honest baby, I'll do anything you want to
    So can we finish what we started
    Don't you leave me brokenhearted tonight
    'Brokenhearted' by Karmin.

    Baby, don't you leave me
    Baby, don't you leave me
    Don't you break my heart
    "Baby, Don't You Leave Me" Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

    What does 'don't you' mean? Can you please explain about it?
    Thank you very much!!

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    Re: Don't you leave me?

    It means "do not".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Don't you leave me?

    I have found that negative questions can be very confusing for native Asian-language speakers. You want to agree with the speaker, but English speakers agree/disagree according to the facts.

    Let's say you are 17 years old, and I say:

    1. 'You're 17, aren't you?' You say, "Yes, I am." (I want to confirm a correct positive.) You agree.

    2. 'You're 16, aren't you?' You say, "No, I'm not." (I want to confirm an incorrect positive); you correct me.

    3. 'You're not 17, are you?' You say, "Yes, I am." (I want to confirm an incorrect negative); you correct me.

    4. 'You're not 16, are you?' (I want to confirm a correct negative.) You want to say, "Yes", as in 'Yes, you're right'. But the correct response is: "No, I'm not." The fact is that you are not 16, and you should respond accordingly, speaking in parallel with my correct statement.

    Your examples are not quite the same:

    "don't you see?" or "don't you remember?" are tag questions to confirm a belief that you do see or you do remember.

    "Don't you leave me" is a request to not leave me, even though it's in the form of a demand.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 15-Dec-2015 at 15:41.

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