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    #1

    She doesn't have to be babysitting.

    One of my colleagues is telling me that the negative form of this statement, 'she has to be babysitting.' could be 'she has to not be babysitting.'

    I say: the correct way is 'She doesn't have to be babysitting.'

    Am I right or it might be possible to think of my colleague's way too?

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    Re: negative statememnt

    I think it is grammatical to say 'She doesn't need to be babysat'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: negative statememnt

    "She doesn't have to be babysitting" (grammatical but not at all natural) doesn't mean the same as "She doesn't have to be babysat". In the first, she is not required to look after a younger child. In the second, she doesn't need to be looked after by someone older.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: negative statememnt

    Well actually the question was about the grammatical correctness of 'She has to not be babysitting.'

    I does not seem at all nature to me neither. However because of my colleague's question I wanted to make sure if it could be grammatically correct or not.

    Thank you.

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    Re: negative statememnt

    The negative form of the not very natural 'She has to be babysitting' is 'She doesn't have to be babysitting'.
    Last edited by Piscean; 27-Aug-2016 at 14:59. Reason: blunder corrected. Thanks, GS

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    Re: She doesn't have to be babysitting.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: negative statememnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The negative form of the not very natural 'She doesn't have has to be babysitting' is 'She doesn't have to be babysitting'.
    I'm pretty certain that's what Piscean meant to write.

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    Re: negative statememnt

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Well actually the question was about the grammatical correctness of 'She has to not be babysitting.'

    I does not seem at all nature to me neither. However because of my colleague's question I wanted to make sure if it could be grammatically correct or not.

    Thank you.
    It's a very unnatural sentence. However, people do use the to not be construction to emphasize a negative. I wouldn't recommend it for learners.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: negative statememnt

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    'She has to not be babysitting.'
    Could it suggest that she must not be babysitting, as 'She has to not be lazy' suggests 'She must not be lazy'?
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    Re: negative statememnt

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Could it suggest that she must not be babysitting,
    No.
    as 'She has to not be lazy' suggests 'She must not be lazy'?
    'She has not to be lazy' is not natural.

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