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    not???

    Hello teacher,
    I have a little problem with the word "not".
    I don't know which sentence here right:

    "I feel NOT so right."
    "I feel so NOT right."

    Please help me!
    Thanks a lot :).

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    Re: not???

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    Native speakers usually shift the negativity to the main clause:

    I don't feel so right/good.
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    Re: not???

    Use not after the auxiliary verb and before the main verb, so:
    I do not feel good.
    I do not know the answer.
    I do not like you.
    I do not want to go.
    I do not think I can do it.
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    Re: not???

    In recent years, "so not" has been used as an adjective in colloquial English.

    "I feel so not right."
    (The speaker is indicating that he feels very ill.)

    "That is so not true."
    (That is a blatant lie.)

    When spoken, the emphasis is on "so." Again, this is strictly casual or slang usage.

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