Last post I found myself writing a construction that always confuses me, but is so common it was the first wording that appeared. Something like:
"I wonder if the realization of the perfect ending isn't part of the pleasure of reading."
"Isn't". Negative. Huh? (I think it has something to do with the subjunctive created by "I wonder if", but not sure and too tired to think it through.
I made it positive and CLEAR-- I wonder if the realization MIGHT BE....
Anyway, do you ever use that negative construction? Like:
She had to consider if he wasn't lying to her.
I questioned if she couldn't be this cheerful every day.
Well, now I'm having trouble coming up with examples! But I know I encounter this all the time in editing. The "I wonder" and other conditional verbs seem to cause this.
Anyone else come across an example? Anyone have any ideas why we do that?