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    #1

    why don't ?

    Hello everybody,

    How are you doing all ? . I've recently read a book and find the following part of a dialogue confusing :

    ".. You'd like to see me dead. But you don't"

    This "don't" baffled me because i expected "will not" instead to complete the meaning as I understand it, i.e ..But I'll not give you pleasure of watching it . My question is why the negative form of the auxiliary "do" is used in this case and if you could possibly give some brief explanation.

    Best regards and thanks for your help

    Velimir


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    #2

    Re: why don't ?

    It is a colloquial abbreviating of a statement: "You would like to see me dead. But you do not [see me dead]."

    You thought you would see me dead. But you do not. I am very much alive.

    You are going to the dance and expect to see me there. But you won't. I shall be at the theatre that night.

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    #3

    Re: why don't ?

    Thank you very much for your answer Anglika.

    Best regards

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