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    Trolling & Disabling

    Hello Tdol and others, I am not a troll. I am sorry for the 2 accounts, but I can tell you why I am only interessted in negative questions. I am searching a family member and this negative question sentence is the only help available, Thefore I am really interessted in any help, and I know it seems maybe a bit annoying for someone to discuss this topic so detailed, but I really want to know anything about it. Maybe you would understand if you search a family member. :/ And I think closing the thread does not really help me. :/

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    I don't understand the link between searching for family members and negative sentences. If this is important to you in real life, then use positive questions.

    Is this the same person?
    Is she home?

    Then the "yes" or "no" will have no ambiguity.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    Can you write me a private message Barb? Then I can tell you the story. Otherwise you can write me a mail [email protected]

    Thank you in advance :)

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    On the other hand if it's others using negative questions, you don't need to use either yes or no.

    A: Doesn't she live in Warsaw?
    B: She doesn't live in Warsaw She lives in Krakow.

    Normally one would say "No, she doesn't live in Warsaw," but if that's a problem, you can delete the 'No'.

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    I better explain why it's so important to me:
    Bryan in the conversation is me. It has the following background:
    Cathy (I don't know her, I just read something on a forum of her) described a friend of her that could be my missing family member, so I sent her an old photo of my family member:

    Bryan (sending a low resolution photo): Is that an old photo of your friend?
    Cathy: No, but can you send me a larger picture?
    Bryan (sending a higher resolution of the photo): Okay, I always need to think about that person on the picture, who I thought was your friend. But they are not the same then.
    Cathy (looks closer): No they aren't.

    In this conversation Cathy's last statement "No they aren't." has the meaning:
    "My friend and the person in that picture are two different people. They are not the same person.", correct?"

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    Correct.

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    Thank you so much! And you only looked at the conversation and not on the background story (with the missing family member and so on...)? Cause I am not sure if you can understand the whole background, as my English is not that good.

    I mean only this conversation (without any background information):
    Bryan (sending a low resolution photo): Is that an old photo of your friend?
    Cathy: No, but can you send me a larger picture?
    Bryan (sending a higher resolution of the photo): Okay, I always need to think about that person on the picture, who I thought was your friend. But they are not the same then.
    Cathy (looks closer): No they aren't.

    In this conversation Cathy's last statement "No they aren't." has the meaning:
    "My friend and the person in that picture are two different people. They are not the same person.", correct?"

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    2 accounts? There were attempts to make four:

    radeo23
    rickdi
    rad22
    rad23

    And let's not forget Nightright, when you asked the same thing in January:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...tive-sentences

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    I did not get the registration mail, therefore I registered more accounts. But I did not post with them. And like I said I am sorry, I am just nervous in understanding the conversation as it is very important for me. :/

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    Re: Trolling & Disabling

    I hope you don't need to ask this question anymore.

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