I was reading My Antonia and came across this line:
[She] asked me if I did not want to go to the garden with her (12)
And was wondering why Cather chose if I did not want over if I wanted. Are these two phrases the same in meaning? Is there a subtle difference between them?
For example, if I said:
I was wondering if you want to go to the park
Would that be the same as saying:
I was wondering if you don’t want to go to the park