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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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“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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Is splitting modal verbs incorrect?

For example: Could I not tell her about the party? Would the sentence above be correct or incorrect? Both ways, does someone know why?
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having no vs not having [duplicate]

Having no friends or not having friends. Are they equal or different? I think they are in same format with these two sentences being equal. Do you not like him? or Don't you like him?
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What tense uses the future perfect “will have + past participle” and then adds a present participle?

The sentence I don't think the leaves will have started changing colors yet. threw me for a loop today. I've been searching for hours, and I can't find anything close to a definitive answer on ...
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The difference between “We’ll ever be back to normal,” and “We’ll never be back to normal.”

Time magazine (Aug.2) reported that Toledo Mayor instructed city residents not to drink tap water polluted with toxin caused by algae bloom under the headline: Toledo, Ohio without drinking water for ...
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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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Comparing negatives: “she seems not to know” vs. “she doesn't seem to know”

What is the difference in style and meaning between the following two: She seems not to know. She doesn't seem to know. Is there a name to this type of construction?
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Do the following negations mean the same thing?

I don't think you understood me. / I think you misunderstood me. Do these senteces mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference? Edit: I just realized that I asked something different from ...
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“All X are not made equal” - ambiguous meaning?

A phrase commonly heard in English (at least informal English) is something like the following: Well, this car is good, but all cars are not made equal! This would be commonly understood by most ...
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“I don't think you X” versus “I think you don't X”

Consider the following two sentences: I don't think you love your father. I think you don't love your father. Is the second sentence correct? I was taught that it is wrong.
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Is “Don't you know? ” the same as “Do not you know?”?

Well, we know don't is the same as do not, right? Therefore, can I say "Do not you know?", instead of "Don't you know?"? Well, I know that chances are I can't do that, but technically that should be ...