Double Negatives - A BIG "NO-NO"

June 4, 2014

 

 

Double Negatives -

A BIG "NO-NO" 

 

Never use a double negative

in one sentence!

 

 

Wrong:  We didn't do nothing last weekend.

Right:     We didn't do ANYTHING last weekend.

 

Wrong:  I don't want nothing. 

Right:     I don't want ANYTHING.

 

 

Rule:  Two negatives in one sentence cancel each other out and transform the meaning into a positive, so that the sentence, "We didn't do nothing last weekend," really means, "We DID something last weekend."

 

The best way to correct a double negative is to replace the second negative word with, "any."  

 

 

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