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  • I won't never regret these scars from trying to hold on to you.

I came across some poetry from America's Got Talent and was confused about what "I won't never" is actually intended to mean.

Is there really such a thing in English language as double negation?

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    Does this answer your question? In certain case, double negation doesn't cancel the negation? Jul 2, 2020 at 14:18
  • Thanks. So based on the answer from the link you provide, from my understanding, it means I will regret these scars? I'm sorry English is not my first language.
    – Woppi
    Jul 2, 2020 at 14:25
  • @Woppi: read the answer, not the question. It means I will never regret these scars. Jul 2, 2020 at 14:35
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    Poetry doesn't have to be right to be good. You could read the sentence as "I won't regret these scars. Never!" Jul 2, 2020 at 14:56
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    @Woppi: The answer also contains the example "I can't get no satisfaction," which means "I can't get any satisfaction." To a native English speaker, it's obvious which of these two categories "I won't never regret" belongs to, but I guess it's not to a English learner. Jul 3, 2020 at 1:07

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It means "Will never" or "Won't ever" regret these scars. It's not very good English. Very informal. Some people do speak like that. Maybe you could say less educated people speak like that.

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It should be "will never" or "won't ever". The English used in poetry and songs is not always correct.

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  • It's not specifically poetry/songs, this is a common dialect.
    – Barmar
    Jul 2, 2020 at 17:26
  • @Barmar thanks I didn't know it was common dialect, it's my first time hearing "I won't never".
    – Woppi
    Jul 3, 2020 at 0:55
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    It's like "I ain't got no".
    – Barmar
    Jul 3, 2020 at 0:59

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