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    Illogical negation

    shouldn't be surprised if they didn't get married soon.
    I wonder if we cannot get any more.
    The tractor didn't miss running running over me by more than an inch.
    I wouldn't be surprised if some day you didn't inform the Gestapo about the sniper for the reward.
    The above negations in bold italic are semantically odd, aren't they?

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    Re: Illogical negation

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    We shouldn't be surprised if they didn't get married soon. Sounds about okay, but could be better.
    I wonder if we cannot get any more. Odd!
    The tractor didn't miss running running over me by more than an inch. In other words, it ran over the person in a matter of an inch. Bad sentence, unless there is more context to support it (sarcastic continuation, perhaps).
    I wouldn't be surprised if some day you didn't inform the Gestapo about the sniper for the reward. Unless they are getting rewarded for not informing the Gestapo, it's wrong.
    The above negations in bold italic are semantically odd, aren't they?
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