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"I think that animals should not live in zoos." This is a sentence in the textbook, the principal clause isn't negative , instead it negates the subordinate clause. Why? Is it better" I don't think that animals should live in zoos?
Feb 9, 2012 9:14 AM
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Both "I think that animals should not live in zoos" and "I don't think that animals should live in zoos" are grammatically correct. The placement of the negative is generally up to the author, though, and can be put in certain places within a sentence to create an emphasis.
February 9, 2012
Chinese grammar books sometimes, like to consider "preferrences" as "rules". There's so such rule to most natives. But you could say they sure like to say something some way "more often". The "think/believe" situation happens to rhetorical questions more often, though. And sounds natutrally-excusable.
February 9, 2012
Author's choice. A question of style.
February 9, 2012
动物不应该住在动物园里,难道要请到我们的餐桌上吗? 呵呵
February 9, 2012
It's the choice of the author. Personally I believe the quotation from the book you mention is a stronger statement. Even stronger would be to omit the words "I think".
February 9, 2012
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