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    #1

    wouldn't you?

    Hi,

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../would?q=would

    would (used to ask somebody politely to do something): Would you open the door for me, please?
    would (used in polite offers or invitations:) Would you like a sandwich?

    Should we always use them in positive sentences? Can't we say, 'Wouldn't you like a sandwich?' or 'Wouldn't you open the door for me, please?'

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: wouldn't you?

    You can sometimes use it in negative questions like wouldn't you like a sandwich? There's an implied "at least": you can't stay for dinner, but I hope you will at least take something with you.

    Your second one doesn't work though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: wouldn't you?

    In some languages, a negative question or request is more polite than than the non-negative form. This is not true of English.

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