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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    Why? /Why not?

    Dear all,

    A: I don't want to go to school today.
    B: Why not?
    A: Just because.

    In the dialogue above, if B just says "Why?", does it sound strange? Do you always say ""Why not?" after a negative statement?

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    teechar is offline Moderator
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    Re: Why? /Why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    In the dialogue above, if B just says "Why?", does it sound strange?
    No, it's not necessarily strange. It's possible. It depends on who is saying it and on how they say it.

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    GoesStation is offline Moderator
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    Re: Why? /Why not?

    At least in American English, Why not? is much more common but just Why? is possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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