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    eferes is offline Newbie
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    This does not suffice?

    Hi, I have lived many years in English speaking countries and feel very proficient at the language, but came across a different grammar construction.

    The native speaker wrote:

    This does not suffice?

    I would like to understand if it is 100% correct. Is it is a question, shouldn't it be: Doesn't this suffice?

    Is NOT connected to the verb SUFFICE changing the meaning maybe?

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    Eduardo

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    Re: Sentence structure

    It's a way of adding emphasis to the question. The person asking the question is rather indignant. So for example, someone was feeling chilly and I took off my warm jacket and gave it to them, but they expressed no gratitude on taking it. Another way I might have put it is "What? That's not enough for you?"

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by eferes View Post
    Hi. I have lived in English speaking countries for many years and feel that I am highly proficient in the language, but I recently came across an unfamiliar grammar construction.
    A few corrections for you.


    In response to your question—yes, it's correct. This is an alternative way of asking questions—use the word order of a normal declarative statement and then add a rising questioning intonation at the end. We normally teach learners not to do this, but it's very common among native speakers. The effects are multifarious. A likely interpretation in this case is outlined very well by probus in the post above.

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    Re: This does not suffice?

    Welcome to the forum, eferes.

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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




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    Re: This does not suffice?

    I think that is good only in spoken English but not in wrtten English.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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