Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 12, 2011

Thursday Tidbit–Double Negatives

Double Negatives

A mistake many English learners make  has to do with the use of negatives in a sentence. In English two negatives cancel each other and the sentence becomes positive, which is confusing and considered incorrect.

Some Examples:

I have not never done my work.

Really means: I have done my work.

Intended Meaning: I never do my work.

He doesn’t like nobody.

Really means: He likes some people.

Intended Meaning: He doesn’t like anybody.

She hasn’t been mean to no one.

Really means: She is mean to some people.

Intended Meaning: She is never mean.

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