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Yes, there is a name for this kind of alternation between constructions. It's called Negative-Raising, or Neg-Raising (NR), among other things, and it's governed by the predicate seem in this case; there are a number of other predicates that govern it. NR is a minor cyclic alternation rule. That means that it is governed by the matrix predicate (all cyclic ...
In cases where the two might ;-) mean more or less the same thing wrt there being a chance that something will or can occur, it can make sense to use might instead of may when there is a possibility of confusion with another meaning of may. E.g., "John may come" can mean either that it is possible that John will come or that John is allowed to come. "John ...
Both expressions are correct. They both mean almost the same thing. . . or exactly the same thing. Both are truncated. The first would be finished "You always do look our for me," and the second would go, "You always are looking out for me."
@John Lawler I'm not asking if repeating the verb "does" is parallel with a non-verb comparison like "than Corporation Y on employee salaries". My question is this: Can you have a parallel structure if "spends" is being compared with "does"? Doesn't there need to be 2 instances of the word "spend"
Both sentences are grammatically correct, both convey exactly the same meaning, and do it without ambiguity. Both get across what I suspect will be a remarkable fact to the reader. As someone who spent his career in accountancy, and this is entirely a matter of personal presentation, my own way of saying it would be: 'Expressed as a percentage of revenue, ...
The term 'sentence' is not well-defined, in that there are different definitions (a 'minor sentence' is not a sentence by most definitions, for instance). What you say your friend says (it's 'missing a verb') can mean at least three things: (1) 'It's a statement that may be considered to be formed (by ellipsis of the verb) from "Wow, can you not ...
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