I have heard people say for example:

You can't do nothing to me

is it the same thing as

you can't do anything to me

If no, what's the difference?

I personally think the latter is correct. Would love to hear you guys thought on this.


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In proper English, the latter is correct; the former (a double negative) is sometimes used as an affectation of dialect or slang and means the same thing.

  • The former, a so-called double negative, is perfectly normal and grammatical in many varieties of English around the world; but not, as far as I know, any varieties which are called "standard".
    – Colin Fine
    Jan 15, 2016 at 13:19

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