"Why is it not red?" or "Why isn't it red?"

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If I want to ask the reason why something is not red, which sentence is the correct one?

"Why is it not red?" or "Why isn't it red?"

Thank you!

Tung Nguyen

Posted 2013-10-12T02:38:45.560

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British English:

  • "Why is it not red?" implies a surprise: usually things of this kind are green.
  • "Why isn't it red?" is more of a question: "For what reason this thing is not red?" (I would have considered it as possible.)

Mark Thorin

Posted 2013-10-12T02:38:45.560

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Since you've said this is a difference between BrE and AmE I suppose I can't correct you, but this sounds like splitting hairs to me. I don't see a practical difference between the two. – WendiKidd – 2013-10-12T22:27:14.103