Those pesky negatives (revisited)

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Aug 10 19:43:17 UTC 2004

Over the top it be; it was a typo for 'was not being.'


>At 3:23 PM -0400 8/10/04, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>We got different notions of 'right.' That's OK, but it's also the
>>case that I was not be idiomatic in my "translation." I also very
>>infrequently use to+not+v, but I am not so unfond of it as you appear
>>to be.
>and FWIW there are 10,100 google hits on "tried to not", a more or
>less randomly chosen sequence with an infinitive split by "not", so
>dInIs's decision to not rule out this construction seems widely
>shared.  On the other hand, there are also 6910 hits attesting the
>"was not be" he invokes above, and that one really does strike me as
>a little over the top.  Oh well.

Dennis R. Preston
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        Asian and African Languages
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