Negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (e.g. "I am American") into its opposite denial (e.g. "I am not American").

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betray you for nothing

Can one say a. I will betray you for nothing. instead of: b. I will not betray you for anything. ? Normally, (a) would mean: I will betray you even if I don't get anything out of it. I will ...
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Negation with can

I am wondering what is the difference between these sentences? Do they have the same meaning? I cannot eat meat. I can not eat meat. I can eat no meat. I've seen such sentences as: I can eat no ...
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Using (be) as a main verb in this form (be) without using auxiliary verbs, is it possible?

There's no doubt that "Be happy." and "Don't be sad." are correct. But "They be happy" is incorrect. "They are happy" "Are they happy?" "They aren't happy" "Aren't they happy?" "Why aren't they ...
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Nor without neither?

I am correcting a translation for a friend. He wanted to say: "Don't look for treasure nor earthly pleasure." This sounds wrong to me. I would say: "Look not for treasure nor earthly pleasure." ...
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Is the answer to this question “neither” or “either”?

She doesn't think so or you don't think so? Is it grammatically correct to respond with Either. or Neither. to this question? Or does this depend on the meaning intended to be ...
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Does the word ‘not’ modify verbs beforehand or afterward?

I have had some trouble recently with the word not, and people being confused by my use of it. I suppose I made some incorrect logical connection with it. A friend and I were discussing the placement ...
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Answering Negative Questions; Contractions

I heard a dialogue on the radio today: Q: Did you decide not to come with me? A: Yes, I'm busy now. Question 1. Upon hearing this, I felt the answer part of the dialogue was unnatural and ...
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did not think he would steal some

a. I did not think he would steal some of my ideas. b. I did not think he would steal certain of my ideas. Could these sentences have two meanings: I did not think he would steal any of my ideas. ...
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'Neither' and 'Nor' Usage

What would be the correct sentence? Neither does he abuse nor does he beat. or Neither does he abuse nor he beats.
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What is difference between no different and not different

I came up with this sentence "Our lives are no different" in a book called "You can win". I was wondering what if we say like "our lives are not different" will this change the meaning of sentence or ...
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How should “vice versa” be conjoined to a negative prase that uses “cannot”?

In a passage of proposed programming language documentation I was reading today, I came across this sentence: Strings cannot directly be compared with binary sequences, and vice versa! The "and" ...