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    He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    In many English grammar books, it is explained as follows of the sentence "He did not speak clearly and correctly":

    He spoke clearly, but not correctly.

    But I really doubt that is the case. Is it natural for natives to negate one thing in an "and phrase"?



    Another is "the teacher doesn't have fun every day".

    Does it mean "the teacher hasn't fun at all" or "the teacher has fun at least in some days"?
    Last edited by lagoo; 18-Apr-2017 at 02:58.

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    Your English books say that "He did not speak clearly and correctly" means "He spoke clearly, but not correctly"?

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Your English books say that "He did not speak clearly and correctly" means "He spoke clearly, but not correctly"?
    That's it.
    She cannot sing and dance, which means she can sing but can't dance.
    That's all the confusing stuff in my grammar book.

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    You should discard that book. It's incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    Sorry but your book belongs in the trash can, not on your desk.

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Sorry but your book belongs in the trash can, not on your desk.
    Yes. Thanks. Can you help me with the following ?

    "the teacher doesn't have fun every day".


    Does it mean "the teacher hasn't fun any day" or "the teacher has fun at least in some days"?

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    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    The teacher has fun on some days.

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    #8

    Re: He did not speak clearly and correctly.

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    Does it mean "the teacher never has hasn't fun any day" or "the teacher has fun at least on
    in some days"?
    See above.
    I am not a teacher.

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