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    while I am around vs not while I am around

    Is it possible to say: "Don't do that, not while I am around."

    If it is correct, could you, please, explain whether there is any difference in meaning with the sentence below?

    Don't do that while I am around vs Don't do that not while I am around.

    Thank you.
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    Re: while I am around vs not while I am around

    Welcome to the forum.

    The original sentence is OK but would be better with a dash or an ellipsis (three dots) instead of the comma.

    The second is fine but the third is not.
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    Re: while I am around vs not while I am around

    Thank you.
    So it should be:
    "Don't do that while I am around vs Don't do that.. Not while I am around."
    Could you explain whether the sentences above differ in meaning. I mean, can we
    substitute the second one for the first one and vice versa?
    Thank you.

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    Re: while I am around vs not while I am around

    I said three dots - not two, and it's incorrect to capitalise the next letter.

    The second is slightly more emphatic.

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    Re: while I am around vs not while I am around

    Thank you for your reply and correction. As for ellipsis, it was a typo.

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