"Don't you drink coffee?"


December 26, 2017

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"Don't you drink coffee" reads more like "You drink coffee, right?" than it does "Do you not drink coffee?"


Agree, "You do not drink coffee?" would fit better.


It can have different meanings depending on the context. If I have just ordered tea after the rest of the group ordered coffee you might say "Don't you drink coffee?" meaning "don't you ever drink coffee". This is therefore seeking to confirm that I NEVER drink coffee and so is quite different to your suggested meaning which is seeking to confirm your understanding that I DO drink coffee, which is only likely to be said before we order. Both are valid in English, but which meaning is intended depends totally on context. I have no idea which of these is the intended meaning of the Mandarin in this exercise.


(to GregCannon2 and others)

How would you write "Don't you drink coffee?" in Chinese, then? if 你不喝咖啡吗?means rather "Do you not drink coffee?" then how would "Don't you drink coffee?" differ in Chinese?

I promise I'm not being snarky or asking rhetorically; rather, I'm genuinely wondering what difference you perceive in meaning between the two English sentences, and how you would express that difference in Chinese?


Agree, this is badly worded


你喝不喝咖啡 ? was not accepted which is strange, it asks better the question that was asked than the 'ma' equivalent.


Isn't the of translation more like "You don't drink coffee?" than the english "Don't you drink coffee?"


"You don't drink coffee?" and "Don't you drink coffee?" both look like English to me.


This question threw me for a moment. I understood it as 'do you drink coffee?' And regardless my answer would still be 'yes'


So is ”你喝咖啡吗?" Supposed to tranlsate to "Do you drink coffee?" And what Duolingo wants is "你不喝咖啡吗?" Which translates to "Don't you drink coffee?"

Also, isn't the meaning for these two phrases practically the same gramatically for both English and Chinese? Also isn't the second and correct phrase in this case a bit odd as the question is more indicative, rather than an open question which would be more applicable to daily life?



Regarding your first paragraph, I think you are correct: ”你喝咖啡吗?" is "Do you drink coffee?" and "你不喝咖啡吗?" is "Don't you drink coffee?"

As for (part of) the second paragraph, I, too, think that in English, "Do you drink coffee" is more of a simple question of fact, as long as there is no unusual stress on any of the words ("Do YOU drink coffee?" someone might ask a child); whereas, "Don't you drink coffee?" is more of what we call a "leading question" in English, a question that, in this case, assumes that the person does drink coffee, or perhaps even implies that perhaps the person should drink coffee, but I think the negative form of the question could be a question of mere fact as well.


I agree with Greg. If you drink coffee then you would answer yes.


"你不喝咖啡吗?" you are asking a question. the correct translation in English is do you drink coffee. the context / meaning is still there. your translations are very awkward and unnatural in English.


This would work better to teach that in Chinese you can repeat yourself. "Ni he bu he ka fei, ma?" That translates better into the "Don't you" part

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