negative question

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


Point 12 in the category of NEGATION:

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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