Double - DOUBLE NEGATIVES A double negative is the nonstandard usage of two negatives used in the same sentence so that they cancel each other and

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DOUBLE NEGATIVES A double negative is the nonstandard usage of two negatives used in the same sentence so that they cancel each other and create a positive. In Shakespeare's day, double negatives were considered emphatic, but today, they are considered grammar mistakes. Remembering that two negatives form a positive will help you to avoid the "double negative" grammar problem: Negative + Negative = Positive Negative + Positive = Negative The following list contains words that are regarded as negative. If you use them in your sentences once, your statements will be negative. no not none nothing nowhere neither nobody no one hardly scarcely barely Using the rule explained above in the box and the list of negative words given, study the following examples: Sentence Meaning Positive Construction negative + negative I hardly have none . I have some. I don't want nothing . I want something. Negative Construction negative + positive I hardly have any . I have few. I don't
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course LEARNING L 110 taught by Professor Afrancis during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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Double - DOUBLE NEGATIVES A double negative is the nonstandard usage of two negatives used in the same sentence so that they cancel each other and

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