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    Cool Do not OR Should not

    When I was talking to my friend I said 'You do not want to walk behind me' He said that was wrong and it should be told as 'You should not walk behind me'

    Can you please clarify me the difference, Firstly let me know the first one is correct or absolutely wrong.

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    Mahi.

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    Re: Do not OR Should not

    they can both be used when speaking english
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    Re: Do not OR Should not

    Quote Originally Posted by Mahi View Post
    When I was talking to my friend I said 'You do not want to walk behind me' He said that was wrong and it should be told as 'You should not walk behind me'

    Can you please clarify me the difference, Firstly let me know the first one is correct or absolutely wrong.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mahi.
    Hi

    The first sentence is not grammatically wrong but the message is different from that of the second sentence.

    You do not want to walk behind me-it`s not your wish to walk behind...
    You should not walk behind me - you are not supposed to walk behind me [ you recommend somebody not to walk behind you]

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    Thanks for the answer, Have you ever heard english people saying 'You do not want to'

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    #5

    Re: Do not OR Should not

    It could be used as a warning or threat, but I wouldn't use it as advice.


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    Hi Tdol,

    It sounds good to me.. Cheers

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    Re: Do not OR Should not

    Quote Originally Posted by Mahi View Post
    When I was talking to my friend I said 'You do not want to walk behind me'
    It always depends on the context, Mahi. On my side of the world, the following is perfectly grammatical (with emphasis on do not):

    Ex: You do not want to walk behind me.
    Ex: You really don't want to walk behind me.

    Both are much stronger warnings than you shouldn't walk behind me.

    Does that help?


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    Tdol, I've heard "you want to/ don't want to..." as a sort of friendly phrasing for advice, usually with a hint of warning. "You don't want to leave the gate unlocked---the dog will get out" or "You want to take the back roads at that time of day---the traffic on the interstate will be terrible." I've thought of it as a kind of Southern loquaciousness---we never use one word when five or six will do. :) Of course, it can also deliver a threat---"You don't want to mess with me, buddy. I'll chew you up and spit you out."

    A similar phrase is "you need to." I hear this a lot in spoken instruction: "You need to make sure both ends are square before you apply the glue." It can also be a form of threat: "You need to clean this room before you even think about going out to play, young man!" Lately, cashiers have taken it up: "I need to get you to sign right here."

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    It can be used like that, Delmobile, in British English, but I couldn't see how it could work with the example given about walking behind, unless the person speaking has terrible flatulence.


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    You're right, Tdol - I'd lost track of the original example.

    But where is Chomat, when we are discussing a subject of scatalogical interest?

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