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    #11

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Correct.

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    #12

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    This is confusing me now. While "Goesstation" and "Tarheel" said Cathy agrees with Bryans statement "they are not the same" you say she disagrees and thinks they are the same?
    No, I didn't. I said that it would be like this:

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No, they aren´t. (= b I agree, They are not the same.)

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: Yes, they are. (= a That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.)

    Is that clearer now?

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    #13

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Yes Thank you :)
    Just to make sure I understand the opening statement of Bryan correct:
    The words "but" and "then" in his sentence "but they are not the same then" don't change the meaning so:
    "but they are not the same then." = "they are not the same.", correct?

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    #14

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Yes, he is saying they are not the same.

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    #15

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Thx, so all in all we can say that both (Bryan and Cathy) think the things they are talking about are not the same, correct?

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    #16

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    We can.

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    #17

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Im a bit confused.

    Your answer (We can) = Both (Bryan and Cathy) agree that the things they are talking about are not the same, correct?

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    #18

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    You asked "So we can say ... ?" and Tdol replied "We can". Surely you understand that that means you are right? Effectively, Tdol said "Yes, we can".

    So yes, we can say that both Bryan and Cathy agree that the things they are talking about are not the same.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-Jan-2016 at 10:07.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #19

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    Im a bit confused.

    Your answer (We can) = Both (Bryan and Cathy) agree that the things they are talking about are not the same, correct?
    Is there a realistic alternative interpretation?

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    #20

    Re: Answering negative sentences

    I am not sure if you think there is only a small chance/possibility for this interpretation or that it is the best and only interpretation, that both (Bryan and Cathy) agree that the things they are talking about are not the same.
    Last edited by Nightright; 31-Jan-2016 at 20:29.

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