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On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, John Cowan wrote:

> Irina Rempt-Drijfhout wrote:
>
> > Better; much better, even though it goes against the school-grammar
> > rule that the verb should always be negated if anything else in the
> > sentence is.
>
> Say what?  "None of us are going to the store" negates, but not the
> verb.  *"All of us aren't going to the store" is absolutely impossible
> in English, thanks to the rule of negative attraction.

How is it absolutely impossible?  I take it to mean some of us are going
to the store, others are not.

Padraic.

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