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"Cant fight no more", is this grammatically correct? If not, what is the correct way of saying this?

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marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers, Jon Hanna, RegDwigнt Feb 15 '13 at 13:17

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Is that a misspelling, or did you really mean "cant"? – Kit Z. Fox Feb 15 '13 at 12:08
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The double negative isn’t grammatical in Standard English, but it is in other dialects. To be grammatical in Standard English it would have to be ‘Can’t fight any more.’

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To be "grammatical", it should probably include a subject. – FumbleFingers Feb 15 '13 at 12:47
@FumbleFingers Aye, I. – Mr Lister Feb 15 '13 at 13:00
Use "can't fight any more" or "can fight no more"; both OK as single negatives. – GEdgar Feb 15 '13 at 15:43

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