Which sentence is correct and why?

A. Why do things like this do not happen with me ?

B. Why do things like this not happen with me ?

Sentence A contains do not whereas sentence B doesn't contain do not.

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The second one is correct.

The structure of the statement is "Things like this do not happen to me because . . ." When you ask a question, the questioned part and the auxiliary verb ("do") move to the front, so there's only one "do."

  • This is a succinct and helpful answer, so +1; however, I suspect that the question itself will not remain open long, since it is more suitable for our sibling site, English Language Learners. – Sven Yargs Jul 12 '18 at 0:25

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