You are correct.
1) Why did you call me?
2) What did you call me for?
3) Why didn't you call me?
4) What didn't you call me for?
I think '1' and '2' are both correct and mean the same, but it seems to me that '4' doesn't work. I think 'what ... for?' does not work with negative verbs.
Am I right?
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
What's a negative verb? "Didn't"?
Thank you both very much,
Yes, I think 'didn't' is a negative verb. Actually, I wasn't sure if one could also say 'didn't call' is negative or not. But I think that is not possible.
Of course, everything depends on the context. In my case, for instance, 'despair' is a negative verb that is used on a daily basis. And when I say 'my case', I have the medical meaning in my despairing mind!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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I don't know that I want to find a place in my vocabulary for negative verbs. True, there are some words that have negative connotations, but that means they suggest some kind of unpleasantness.
If you don't smoke, it's a negative verb, but the meaning's positive to many.
I have a problem, thus:
Every time I learn something new
I forget something I already knew.