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Ester

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Which is right/the best option in formal writing?
some students seem not to be aware of the rules
some students seem to be not aware of the rules
some students do not seem to be aware of the rules
 

englishgeek

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I would say the third option is best in my opinion: Some students do not seem to be aware of the rules.
 

Ester

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they are likely to be all correct, so I wonder if the difference is about being more colloquial/formal
 

englishgeek

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I wouldn't say there are any major or even minor differences in the phrases. It could depend on the context.

The third option would be clearer and easier to say in my opinion.
 
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