Is there any difference between these sentences?

  • I am going nowhere.
  • I am not going anywhere.

And are they correct?


The sentences are perfectly correct and mean technically the same thing but carry different overtones.

I'm not going anywhere is a simple statement of fact:-

Will you still be here when I get back?

Yes, I'm not going anywhere.

Whereas I'm going nowhere would be used when more emphasis is required; in an altercation in a shop, one would say

I'm going nowhere until I get my money back

or when in a despondent mood:-

My life is a wilderness of despair. I'm going nowhere.

  • It feels like "going nowhere" used more in spoken rather than in written form – Greeniac Jan 25 '14 at 8:25
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    And why did you think that ? It depends on the thematic expression the author wants to portray?i disagree with you....and what else do you want from "the answer" you looking for? Why don't accept his answer ? Click on tick mark..take a tour of the website.. – Argot Jan 25 '14 at 8:50
  • Every construction in English (except the really archaic ones) is used more in spoken rather than written form. Words are spoken at a rate several magnitudes higher than the rate they are written. Think about it. – John Lawler Jan 25 '14 at 17:57
  • It can also be figurative, going somewhere without aim, to no particular place, or a place called nowhere; cp "he came out of nowhere", which certainly doesn't mean that he didn't come at all, quite the opposite. You might want to mention this in your answer. @argot: why so passive aggressive? – vectory Dec 23 '19 at 19:41
  • I think your wilderness example is more useful than the money back example. – aparente001 Dec 24 '19 at 8:22

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