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  • Chapter 18. Transformation of Sentences (Cont'd...)

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    18.3 Interchange of affirmative and negative sentence

    (i) By way of using negative word with opposite adjectives, an affirmative sentence could be transformed into negative sentence. As for examples:
    Affirmative: Man is mortal.
    Negative: Man is not immortal.

    Affirmative: He is honest.
    Negative: He is not dishonest.

    Affirmative: I shall never forget you.
    Negative: I shall always remember you.

    Affirmative: No one can escape death.
    Negative: All must submit to death.

    Affirmative: Brutus loved Caesar.
    Negative: Brutus did not hate Caesar.

    Affirmative: Where there is fire, there is smoke.
    Negative: There is no smoke without fire.

    Affirmative: Everybody distrust a liar.
    Negative: Nobody trust a liar.

    (ii) By the way of changing degrees of comparison:
    Affirmative: He is as good as I am.
    Negative: I am not better than he is.

    Affirmative: He is the best student.
    Negative: No other student is as good as he.

    Affirmative: As soon as the teacher arrived, the noise ceased.
    Negative: No sooner dis the teacher arrive than the noise ceased.

    (iii) There are also other ways to change a affirmative sentence to a negative sentence:
    Affirmative: None but the brave deserves the fair.
    Negative: Only the brave deserve the fair.

    Affirmative: He is too weak to walk.
    Negative: He is so weak that he cannot walk.

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