“I don’t like anything that’s not expensive” Can anyone explain what this means? Do they only like expensive things or they don’t?

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    Double negatives are culturally relative, so any answer may be right or wrong depending on culture. In some (English speaking) cultures, a double negative is an emphatic negative ("I'm sure I don't know nothing at all") but in most (English speaking) cultures, the negatives cancel out. – D Mac May 29 at 17:43
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    I don't think the sentence of interest contains a double negative. Yes, it contains two negatives but they apply to different parts of the sentence. – High Performance Mark May 29 at 17:47
  • Remove the negatives from the sentence and the gist is similar - I like anything that’s expensive. Note, however, that the meaning is not the same. – Dan May 29 at 19:49

Yes, the speaker only likes things which are expensive. The sentence is syntactically acceptable and entirely clear. Perhaps, to make it clearer to yourself you could replace not expensive with cheap and see how that works.

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    As I said on a earlier deleted answer, the sentence only states that they don't like cheap things. Without further information you cannot be sure that "the speaker only likes things which are expensive" - they might dislike expensive things as well. – KillingTime May 29 at 17:11
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    @KillingTime That is strictly true, but nit-picky. The intent of a typical speaker saying this would be to discriminate between what they like and what they don't like. If they didn't like anything, they'd say that instead. – D Mac May 29 at 17:45
  • @DMac They could dislike cheap things and be ambivalent about expensive things. Not disliking something doesn't necessarily mean liking it. And I think it's essential to be nit-picky in this case, since the question is asking for us to analyze it. The intent behind this statement, to me, has nothing to do with discriminating between two things. It's just a simple statement of dislike, Nothing is being said about anything else. – Jason Bassford May 30 at 5:28

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