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Does the above sentence make sense? It's meant to be rhetorical.

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    This doesn't immediately strike me as the typical double negative. It makes perfect sense to me. Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 14:56
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    Yes, a double negative is a statement saying not (not X). Making your original into a statement rather than a question to make comparison easier ('I didn't say that I didn't want any trouble'), you have a statement saying you didn't make an earlier statement saying not X. Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 14:59
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    The above sentence makes perfect sense, but it's not a double negative. A real double negative would be "Didn't I say I didn't want no trouble?" Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 15:00
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    And a simpler one would be I didn't want no trouble. Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 15:01
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    @WS2 I'm going with the stricter and to my mind more useful definition given here: 'A double negative occurs only when there are two negative words in the same clause.' Which follows: ... 'Myth #1: Never use more than one negative word in a sentence. A negative word affects only the clause in which it is located, not the entire sentence. In other words, you may use one negative expression in each clause.' Commented Feb 9, 2014 at 15:20

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It has two negative clauses (Didn't I tell you AND I didn't want any trouble) but, no, it's not a "double negative".

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