How should we use negative form in optative sentence? Should it be 'may he not get sick' or 'may not he get sick'?

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How should we use negative form in optative sentence? Should it be 'may he not get sick' or 'may not he get sick' ?

Kazi Easrat

Posted 2017-06-01T20:43:29.130

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Optative may is obsolescent in present-day English, perhaps even wholly obsolete outside of literary contexts. Most people would say or write something like:

Let's hope he doesn't get sick.

But if some examiner with a taste for 19th-century diction insists on your building this with may, your first option is correct:

May he not get sick.

May not he get sick is a question asking whether it is not possible that he will get sick.

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