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DOUBLE NEGATIVES - DOUBLE NEGATIVES A double negative is...

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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 Using the rule explained above in the box and the list of negative words given, study the following examples: Sentence Meaning I hardly have none . I have some. Positive Construction negative + negative I don't want nothing . I want something. I hardly have any . I have few. Negative Construction negative + positive I don't want anything . I want nothing.
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