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    If not

    Are these sentences right?

    Do you want to drive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong? If not, do you want us to arrange flights for you?

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    Re: If not

    Yes.

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    Re: If not

    I think 'if not' can be omitted.
    Do you want to drive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong or want us to arrange flights for you?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: If not

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'if not' can be omitted.
    Do you want to drive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong or want us to arrange flights for you?
    I'm not keen on the middle part of that. "want us" is slightly too far from "Do you" for it to be clear that they are connected. I rarely recommend repetition but in this case I would suggest "Do you want to drive from A to B or do you want us to arrange flights?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If not

    Mind you, Matthew's sentence isn't wrong IMO.

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