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I was reading a fantasy novel and I came across this piece of dialogue:
Don’t you know what a Conquest Knight is?
And the main character replied by nodding his head.
But this confused me because the question could be asking if he does know, to which he nods his head, or it could be asking if he does not know, to which he nods his head.
Well from reading the story I can tell you that at this point in time the character does not know. And because he nods his head the question must be asking if he does not know.
But, left as is, it could be interpreted one of two ways:
"Do you not know what a conquest knight is?"
"Do you know what a conquest knight is?"
Basically, I am asking if the contraction don't is used improperly in the sentence or if the contraction itself has always been that ambiguous.