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Complete negation or partial? "I don't think anybody X" [duplicate]

"I don't think anybody saw it coming." I assume that this sentence means that the speaker thinks nobody saw it coming, but can't this pattern "I don't think anybody X" be took as "I think that not ...
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Comparing negatives (It is nice not to be rude.) vs. (It isn't nice to be rude.) [duplicate]

What is the difference in style and meaning between the following two in terms of the adjective "nice"? (It is nice not to be rude.) (It isn't nice to be rude.) besides, what is the difference in ...
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Is "I believe x does not equal y" the same as "I don't believe x equals y"

Given x and y could be any phrase, do these phrases always mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference? I believe x does not equal y I don't believe x equals y
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How to use the infinitive in this sentence?

I am doing documentation for a web application issue and I'm not sure how best to word what I'm trying to say: "This appears to work no longer in any web browser." "This appears no longer to ...
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I don’t suppose you are coming, [are you / aren't you]?

Which one is correct? I don’t suppose you are coming, are you? I don’t suppose you are coming, aren't you? The grammar rules I know say that (2) should be correct, but it feels wrong, because the ...
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Is the sentence structure correct? "I think he doesn't like it"

Back in high school, my English teacher told me that we should always use "I don't think" than "I think...not..." For example, the sentence "I think he doesn't like it" is wrong - we should use "I ...
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"instructed not to" vs "instructed to not" [duplicate]

As per above title. The complete sentence would be: You are hereby instructed not to proceed with any construction works for the units shown on the plan attached. Thanks.
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Is the usage "all ... are not" always the same as "not all ... are"?

Is it true that both the following lines are identical in English? All dogs are animals. All animals are not dogs. All dogs are animals. Not all animals are dogs. In some other languages, (1) and (2)...
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"I think she is not right" - is this sentence correct?

I know you can say "I don't think she's right" but I was wondering whether there is another way to say that.
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"not to anybody" vs "to nobody"

I will not talk to anybody. or I will talk to nobody. I think both of them are valid (no double negation). My questions are: Is one of the two sentences stronger? I.e., does one of the two ...
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What is the difference between "I don't think~yet" and "I think~yet"?

I’m confused about how to use ‘yet’ in positive and negative sentences. For example, I don’t think exam is graded yet (meaning exam is not graded?) I think exam is graded yet (also meaning exam is ...
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In what conditions should the negative of a " that-clause" move to the main clause?

I don't think they can win. I know they can't win. In the " that-clause", why does the first example use the affirmative, yet the second one use the negative? I guess the verb "can&...
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Do "I want to be unhappy" and "I don't want to be happy" mean the same thing? [closed]

I understand "I don't want to be happy" as that you don't CARE about being happy - not that you want to be unhappy. If someone asked me "do you think that people are dumb?" and I said, "no," I mean ...
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