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A modal distinction proposed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze as a replacement for the problematic real-possible distinction more commonly used in philosophy. The possible is a bad ...


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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2,369 words not to say that I do not think that some of the dissents are not preferrable [ sic ] and not to publish them would hurt everyone — Bull. Amer. Acad. Arts & Sci . , 1988 . 6 Superfluous not . Not is sometimes introduced in a subordinate clause as an echo of an actual or virtual negative in the main clause in a way that may seem at first sight superfluous, e.g. I shouldn’t wonder if it didn’t turn to snow now. This is not uncommon in unscripted speech, and can be interpreted as a way of reinforcing the uncertainty expressed in the main clause by...