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teachersalah
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 5:48:51 PM
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To make questions negative, we add the word not after the subject of the sentence. If not is contracted with the auxiliary verb, however, then the contraction comes before the subject.
Negative interrogative “yes/no” questions usually imply that the speaker expects the answer to be (or believes the answer should be) “yes.”
For example:
“Don’t you have a dollar?”
“Are you not aware of the consequences of your actions?”
“Haven’t you seen my wallet?”
The second sentence sounds heavy for me , can someone explains to me this rule.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 9:32:23 PM

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“Are you not aware of the consequences of your actions?” may sound "heavy" because it is not in contracted form. “Aren't you aware ..." is more commonly used and a bit less heavy-sounding (to me).

In either case, I think it sounds similar to your other examples. “Don’t you have a dollar?” can be made heavier-sounding in the form “Do you not have (even!) a dollar?”



NKM
Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2018 11:52:46 PM

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As palapaguy says, using the full (uncontracted) form sounds "heavier" because it's more formal.

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