Look at the following sentences:
He will not be absent so long as he is healthy.
He will certainly come unless he is ill.
She is serious.
She is by no means kidding.
In fact, most sentences can be translated into 2 versions, that is, the positive one and negative one. The two sentences above are the very examples.
The translation of negative sentences is classified into three categories. One is to keep the original expressing way. The second is negative statement, positive translation. The third is positive statement, negative translation. Now let’s have a close study at them.
a. To keep the original expressing way
China will tolerate no disturbances.
No one can shake Socialist China.
China will never allow other countries to interfere in its internal affairs.
b. Negative statement, positive translation
Do you know why she is always trying to avoid you?
Her husband hates to see her stony face.
He seemed to be at a loss for the precise words to elaborate his opinion.
She got extremely excited before she reached her home.
c. Positive statement, negative translation
We must never stop taking an optimistic view of life.
Don’t make your conclusions before the end of the year.
The windows of that room were never open.
The child can walk without any help now.
Law is no respecter of persons.
Mr. Li is no respecter of his students.