negative interrogative clauses

Negative interrogative clauses are interrogative sentences that are made negative. They are often used to imply that the speaker is expecting a certain answer or for emphatic effect. For example, “Aren’t you coming?” is a negative interrogative clause because it is a question that is made negative by the word “not”.

Here is another difficult point to understand in the EGP because it is so general and there are so many other points that are more specific.

A2 Point 11 in CLAUSES:

negative interrogative clauses.

The English Grammar Profile examples:

Here are corrected PELIC student examples that point to other grammar points:

Why don’t we choose it to be our life?

 If we have an unhealthy hobby,

 why don’t we control our time to make the effects of it less?

Arabic, Male, level 5, writing class

You might have felt guilty 

when you saw your grades are much higher 

than you thought.
Isn’t that horrible?

Korean, Male, level 4, writing class

There is not much value in expanding this point for examples since they will mostly overlap or clash with other more specific points.  One might also ask why not just list this point in the category of questions.

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