negative question

Negative questions usually show the speaker’s expectation that the response should be positive.


In the English Grammar Profile, B1 point 12 in the category of NEGATION is defined as:

negative question forms in main clauses and question tags.


This is such a general point that overlaps and clashes against so many other points in the English Grammar Profile.  For example:

an uncontracted question for emphasis is C2.

For that reason, we won’t bother developing this post much more.  The others are more specific.

EGP examples with corresponding examples:

Don’t you like pizza? (A2 or B1?)

Why don’t we watch a film? (A2)


EXPERT EXAMPLE:

Why can’t the English see what the Scots and Welsh can?

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