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The addition of contraries to remarks already made

Posted By Manjusha, Filed in English Speaking

Read the sentences given below.

  • He used to drink, but I never did.
  • He can smoke if he wants, but you mustnít.
  • He can swim well, but I canít.
  • She neednít pay, but you must.
Grammar notes

The negative of used to is never did. Usednít to is possible but is extremely rare.

When must shows obligation, its negative is neednít.

When can shows permission, its negative is mustnít or sometimes maynít (= prohibition).

When can shows ability, its negative is canít.

  • Must I wait? You neednít. (no obligation to wait)
  • Can I go? You mustnít. (prohibition)


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