uncontracted NOT (emphasis)

In the English Grammar Profile, B2 point 20 in NEGATION is defined as:

uncontracted ‘not’ for emphasis or in formal contexts.

There are problems with this grammar point.  One is that you could argue that the ability to contract various forms marks a higher level of English skill.  Secondly, this point clearly cannot be automatically found since emphasis and formality requires manual interpretation and there are many structures where contraction is not possible, such as, ellipsis.  Yet we can search for uncontracted surrounding clusters.  This then would avoid: “I‘m not” for example.

Below are clusters of * * not * * on iWeb corpus. We have made the top 1000 into an interactive word tree that you can use here.

4 YOU DO NOT NEED TO 42765 (A2)

You do not need to defeat him again.

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5 YOU DO NOT HAVE TO 41426

8 BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO 30915
9 YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE 30666
10 YOU DO NOT WANT TO 30211
11 IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO 28303

15 THIS IS NOT THE CASE 22061
16 YOU DO NOT HAVE A 21327
19 I DO NOT WANT TO 19052

25 BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO 15359
26 IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO 15154
27 THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT 14168
28 THIS IS NOT TO SAY 13293

32 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO 11664
33 PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO 11370
37 I DID NOT WANT TO 10324

41 YOU DO NOT WISH TO 10021
42 THIS IS NOT THE FIRST 10020
43 THAT IS NOT THE CASE 9857
44 IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR 9790

46 YOU DO NOT HAVE THE 9720
47 I DO NOT HAVE A 9711
48 WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR 9704
49 YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO 9464

53 IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT 9142

55 I CAN NOT WAIT TO 8958

57 I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE 8689

62 IT IS NOT EASY TO 8191
63 WE ARE NOT ABLE TO 8183

66 I WAS NOT ABLE TO 8010

68 YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO 7827
69 WE ARE NOT GOING TO 7667
70 I DO NOT KNOW WHAT 7642
74 YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO 7486
75 YOU ARE NOT ALONE . 7485
76 WE DO NOT HAVE A 7451

78 I DO NOT KNOW IF 7256
79 YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED 7105

82 YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO 6893

84 I DO NOT THINK THAT 6886
85 I DO NOT KNOW HOW 6861

88 I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT 6462

92 THEY ARE NOT GOING TO 6300

94 YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH 6248
97 YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE 6117

272 I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO 3418

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B2 vocabulary in the top 1000 Ngrams:

accused, affect, aware, browser, cheating, combined, denied, depression, distant, entirely, entitled, guarantee, hesitate, necessarily, policy, rocket, simply, specified, suffered

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