I will not talk to anybody.


I will talk to nobody.

I think both of them are valid (no double negation).

My questions are:

  1. Is one of the two sentences stronger? I.e., does one of the two sentences puts more weight on the fact that one should really not talk to anybody?

  2. Is there a regional difference in using the two sentences? And if yes, who would prefer which?


Yes, one statement has strength over other. But it will depend on situation too. If you are angry, and you said 'I will not talk to anybody' is powerful than 'I will talk to nobody' . Again it is just showing affirmative and negation. I can't say any about regional differences but they definitely depend on situation.

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