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Unread postby cassia » 15 Jul 2005, 16:15

Would you say (a) "I don't think I'll go somewhere" or (b) " I don't think I 'll go anywhere"?
I have learned that with a negative sentence you use anywhere. But, here the negation is in the main clause not in the dependent one, so is (b) still gramatically correct ?
Both seem correct. What do you think?

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Somewhere or anywhere

Unread postby Paula » 24 Jul 2005, 18:34

Hi Cassia,

only the second sentence is correct. This is because there is still a negative meaning in the setence;


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Unread postby schetin » 14 Sep 2005, 13:06

Hi Cassia,

I suggest you don't rely too much on what is correct to say. Usually it's a matter of what you mean to say. In a certain context it could be that "somewhere" would sound better than "anywhere" even in a negative clause. For example, "I didn't say the book is somewhere around. In fact, I don't think it's anywhere around."



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