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greegorush

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Hello,

What is the common place of not in questions?

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice where not comes right after a verb. But in an audio-book the narrator pronounces not after the subject.
Example:

Do not you want to know who has taken it? (in the book)
Do you not want to know who has taken it? (in the audio-book)

Is the way of pronunciation used in the book out of date?

Thank you in advance!
 

bhaisahab

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Hello,

What is the common place of not in questions?

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice where not comes right after a verb. But in an audio-book the narrator pronounces not after the subject.
Example:

Do not you want to know who has taken it? (in the book)
Do you not want to know who has taken it? (in the audio-book)

Is the way of pronunciation used in the book out of date?

Thank you in advance!
In modern English we would use "Do you not want..."
 

greegorush

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Thank you for the quick reply, bhaisahab.
 
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