has he ever not

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has he ever not

Post by azz » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 am

a. Has he ever not helped you when you asked him for help?
b. Hasn't he ever helped you when you asked him for help?
c. Has he not ever helped you when you asked him for help?



1. Have you ever asked him for help and he didn't help you?

2. Have you ever asked him for help and he helped you?

It seems to me that (a) corresponds roughly to (1) and (b) and (c) sort of correspond to (2), but imply that the speaker expects a positive reply. (2) sounds neutral to me. One can't tell whether the speaker expects a positive answer or not.

Is that correct?

Many thanks.
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Re: has he ever not

Post by Phil White » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:36 pm

a. Has he ever not helped you when you asked him for help?
The speaker believes that the person has always helped if asked.

b. Hasn't he ever helped you when you asked him for help?
The speaker is surprised to find out that he has probably never helped when asked.

c. Has he not ever helped you when you asked him for help?
This is an unlikely construction. The only way I can imagine it is with an extremely heavy stress on "ever", in which case the meaning is the same as b, but the speaker is even more surprised.
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