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    have'nt you/have you not?

    What's the difference of these:

    - Have you not cleaned the bathroom yet?

    - Have'nt you cleaned the bathroom yet?

    Also:

    - Did you not finish your homework yet?

    - Did'nt you finish your homework yet?

    Thanks.

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    Re: have'nt you/have you not?

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    What's the difference between these:

    - Have you not cleaned the bathroom yet?

    - Haven't you cleaned the bathroom yet?

    ...
    Little if any. If you wanted to stress the not, naturally you'd use the first. The 'did' versions are non-standard in BE, unless you replace the 'yet' with an adverbial that specifies a particular time: 'Didn't you go to the library while you were in town?'.

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    Re: have'nt you/have you not?

    Hi,
    I think in many cases the full, not contracted not adds some snobbish or unfriendly shade to it. Sorry, have no time for any examples.
    Regards.

  3. matilda
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    Talking Re: have'nt you/have you not?

    in my opinion, (haven't you done s.th) means that you have had enough time. so, why didn't you do that job?
    but the other sentence is a little impolite(in MY opinion, of course)

    this is the way i think. but i may be wrong

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