DoubleNegatives

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Double Negatives Grade 3
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A double negative contains two  negative words: He doesn't even know no one  My sister used to play. . um basketball. but she doesn't no more  They don’t  ave nothin   But no -one didn’t  answered  
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Correcting Double Negatives The clause I don't have none contains two  negative words—the contraction don't and the  adjective none. If you don't have none, then you  do have some. To express a negative idea, you  should use only one negative word. 
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Remember: In addition to such negative words as never, no,  none, and not, the words scarcely, hardly, and  barely function as negatives and should not be  used with other negative words in the same  clause
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Incorrect   He never cooks nothing exciting for dinner. 
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Correct He never cooks anything exciting for dinner. 
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Incorrect   We can't hardly wait for a change in the menu. 
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Correct We can hardly wait for a change in the menu. 
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Correct We can't wait for a change in the menu. 
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Incorrect You haven't been reading no books on how to  cook bugs, have you? 
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correct You haven't been reading any books on how to  cook bugs, have you? 
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Correct You haven't been reading books on how to cook  bugs, have you? 
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Wo rds  c o m b ine d with n't a nd the   wo rd no t a re   negative words
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Incorrect Lisa did not feel nothing. 
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Correct Lisa felt nothing. 
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. They didn't have          
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course EL ED 357 taught by Professor Sistermarlow during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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