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every day

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:10 pm
by azz
a. Every day, she didn't speak about her children.
b. Every day, she didn't mention her children.

Are these sentences grammatically correct?
Are they natural?

Many thanks.

Re: every day

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:51 am
by BonnieL
Can't say about grammatical, but not natural. "She never mentioned (or spoke of) her children."

Re: every day

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:27 pm
by Phil White
Absolutely, Bonnie!

I don't think it has much to do with grammar. There is a logical disconnect between "every" and a negative.

Every Wednesday, my dog, Sheba, spends the day with a dog walker and a bunch of other dogs, which has done wonders for her behaviour. It also gives me time to do other things. But I can't say:
"Every Wednesday, I don't walk the dog"

Instead, I have to say something like "I never walk the dog on Wednesdays."

Re: every day

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm
by trolley
The statement "Every xxx, I didn't xxx..." may not mean that you never do a particular thing. You might do it every second day or every week or once a year. In Phil's example, the background information makes it clear that he nevers walks Sheba on Wednesdays.Those kids, however, may be mentioned...just not everyday. I am always suspicious of statements that seem deliberatley ambiguous. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Nothing good can come from forcing people to read between the lines.

Re: every day

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 pm
by Phil White
trolley wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm
Nothing good can come from forcing people to read between the lines.
Apart from the Wordwizard Clubhouse...

Re: every day

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:51 am
by gdwdwrkr
c. But boy, at night, you couldn't shut her up about them.

Re: every day

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:32 pm
by trolley
d. Very often, she rarely speaks about them all day long.