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    No X is so... that [don't / won't / should not]

    I think (1) is just ungrammatical, no matter which you choose from among "don't," "won't," and "should not."

    (1) No problem is so big that you [don't / won't / should not] find a solution to it.
    cf. No problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

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    Re: No X is so... that [don't / won't / should not]

    Let's test it:

    You shouldn't find a solution to no problem that is so big

    You won't find a solution to no problem that is so big.

    You don't find a solution to no problem that is so big.

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    Re: No X is so... that [don't / won't / should not]

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    I think (1) is just ungrammatical, no matter which you choose from among "don't," "won't," and "should not."

    (1) No problem is so big that you [don't / won't / should not] find a solution to it.
    cf. No problem is so big that you can't find a solution to it.

    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA
    I don't believe it's a question of grammatical so much as unidiomatic due to semantic considerations, Seiichi.

    I don't see a major problem with the use of <won't>. I'd say that it's not as natural as <can't> because the first part seems a generality but <won't> points more to a specificity.

    No problem is so big that you won't find a solution to it.

    The same with <don't>. Change the situation slightly,

    There's no problem so big that she doesn't find a solution to it.

    and it's okay.

    I don't follow your reasoning, Soup. Take away the double negative, which isn't wrong, and we find that the meaning has been changed.

    You shouldn't find a solution to [no] any problem that is so big.

    You won't find a solution to [no] any problem that is so big.

    You don't find a solution to [no] any problem that is so big.

    Even the "natural" one using <can't> sounds strange when it's transposed.

    You can't find a solution to no problem that is so big.

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    Re: No X is so... that [don't / won't / should not]

    Dear Soup and riverkid,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    Unfortunately, we don't learn what kind of cognition our choice of a modal in an embedded clause (as in "Work hard so that you [may/can/should/will] pass the test." corresponds to. So we tend to fool ourselves that the resulting differences in meaning can be small enough to ignore.

    Thank you

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    Re: No X is so... that [don't / won't / should not]

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Unfortunately, we don't learn what kind of cognition our choice of a modal in an embedded clause (as in "Work hard so that you [may/can/should/will] pass the test." corresponds to. So we tend to fool ourselves that the resulting differences in meaning can be small enough to ignore.
    You've lost me. Are we still talking about the grammaticallity of the sentences in post #1?

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