Questions tagged [double-negation]

For questions about statements containing more than one negative element, usually in a way to negate the predicate more than once.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Why is “I didnt mean to, not miss it” incorrect?

I know someone who initially typed the phrase, "I didn't mean to not miss it." After I pointed out that this had a double negative, he corrected this to "I didn't mean to, not miss it" I believe this ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

What does “I can't never” mean?

What does "I can't never" mean? For example: "We can't never come here." Please, explain in other words.
3
votes
1answer
296 views

To say that something is “never indistinguishable”

Is to say that something is "never indistinguishable" poor grammar? We rarely, if ever, see such phraseology in English, but my understanding is that it is grammatically valid, even if it would be ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

“It has not been unchanged.” Is that a valid sentence? [duplicate]

Do I have to understand the sentence: It has not been unchanged .. as if the related subject actually changed, or whether there has been no change at all? In short, is this a double negative?
0
votes
1answer
87 views

Double negative as intensifier with neither

I'm aware that a double negative like in I didn't do nothing that day. to emphasize that you really didn't do anything that day is not standard English. Yet, I thought it's quite commonly used, ...
1
vote
2answers
71 views

Double Negative - How to read?

There is no chance the email you recieved isn't a scam. How to interpret this sentence? If I attempt to remove the double negative, it doesn’t make much sense to me at all. There is a chance the ...
2
votes
1answer
105 views

Not not round enough balls to alter the data

In the following sentence, are the "not's" found in the proper place with correct grammar? If not, what's the best way to format this sentence? The balls were not, not round enough to alter the ...
10
votes
4answers
3k views

Is “prohibition against,” a double negative?

"Prohibition against stealing," was the phrase that was being used. I get what the speaker was trying to say, but I'm just wondering if it is grammatically correct or if it could have been worded ...
3
votes
2answers
146 views

History of Neither Nor - Negative Meaning with Negative Verb Structure

I know that neither–nor yields a negative meaning if used in a sentence that has a positive verb structure. That is, when we say: Neither George nor James goes to school. we mean: George does ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

How do I use proper grammar in the negation of “have not” for the following sentence translation?

I'm translating a DIALOUGE sentence from Japanese to English, and I'm having issues with keeping the negation of the verb "have not" in my translation while following proper English grammar, or ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

double negative - no one ~ who hadn't also

No one would want to be famous who hadn't also, somewhere in the past, been made to feel extremely insignificant. Is the sentence a double negative? Is "who" a relative pronoun which modifies "one"? ...
3
votes
2answers
75 views

Double negative in “…the most dangerous threat was not not getting…”

I created this sentence: For your ancestors, the most dangerous threat to survival was not not getting the social vibe of your group. I am confused because, as grammar websites say, double ...
-1
votes
1answer
140 views

“At least + NOT ” ambiguity [closed]

this sentences : "The patient knows in advance what are the possible outcomes; without that knowledge quality cannot be measured (AT LEAST NOT from the patient perspective)." is that mean that i can ...
-1
votes
1answer
64 views

Which of the following two (apparently)possible meanings is the right one? [closed]

Here's a conversation I had: A:"don't strain your brain" B:"can't happen when I'm talking to you" Does this imply that it's impossible for A to strain their brain while talking to B, or, Is it that it'...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Meaning of “But no Source never made me not buy an album when they say it was wack”

I cannot get the real meaning of this AAVE sentence from rapper Kon Artis, a song lyric transcribed at Genius: But no Source never made me not buy an album when they say it was wack Source is the ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

“Don't let no one” vs. “don't let nobody” [closed]

Does the phrase "don't let no one touch it" fall under the double-negative category? What would be the difference if no one was replaced with nobody?
1
vote
1answer
143 views

Negative question [duplicate]

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair (Mother to Son", by Langston Hughes) As per my knowledge we can't use Two Negative words in a clause or a sentence .I did research But could find anything . ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

Is this a case of double negatives?

She was a little, brown, thin, almost skinny, woman, with big, rolling, violet-blue eyes, and the sweetest manners in the world. You had only to mention her name at afternoon teas for every woman in ...
0
votes
2answers
21k views

“Never don't give up”

I'm a bit confused of this phrase "Never Don't Give up". What does it actually mean? Never give up or just give up @.@ Please advise. ***Thank you so much for all of your help. At first I really ...
1
vote
2answers
22k views

Negative questions: “No, I don’t” or “Yes, I don't”? [duplicate]

I’m an English teacher in Japan. Recently I ran into quite a conundrum, which I’m sure many others have struggled with. I was talking to one of my students in the presence of my boss and something my ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Double negation: not, neither - nor in a sentence

Can you please explain why these sentence are correct: He hadn’t done any homework, neither had he brought any of his books to class. We didn’t get to see the castle, nor did we see the ...
1
vote
3answers
115 views

Double negative complicated with the use of 'hard'

What does the author mean by this: 'It is hard not to conclude there is none...' Here is the whole context: What is the cure? It is hard not to conclude there is none: some problems have no ...
-2
votes
1answer
274 views

Is using two negatives in one sentence ever okay? [closed]

If I were to say: I can't and I won't. or something similar, is that a double negative?
7
votes
2answers
2k views

“Can't help but think”: origin and current meaning

The regular English-language column in this week's Spectator (by one 'Dot Wordsworth') examines the opaque but not uncommon construction "I can't help but be reminded of the relationship...", which ...
0
votes
2answers
100 views

don't and don't in the same sentence? What was the authors point?

Reading an article, I came across this sentence which I can't seem to make sense of. The author uses a double negative but I'm not sure what the point is. Could this just be poor grammar? Here is ...
0
votes
1answer
172 views

No two things/thing? [closed]

Which one is correct? No two speaker speaks the same language. No two speakers speak the same language.
3
votes
3answers
2k views

“I leaked nothing to nobody.” - SAE? AAVE? Deliberate double negative?

"I leaked nothing to nobody" (around 3:42 in the video) Is the sentence above from Susan Rice grammatically correct in standard American English (SAE)? Seems like it should be: I leaked nothing ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Is this correct: “I didn't skip gym for no reason”

I was having a conversation with my coworkers, and we just can't seem to agree on what is the grammatically correct way to say this. In the context of the conversation, he was trying to express that ...
4
votes
1answer
612 views

“There is no man who has never looked upon a woman WITH/WITHOUT desire”

In Atticus's closing speech he argues: “Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth is ...
2
votes
1answer
158 views

Is “The trick is to not try to tell yourself not to think about the bad things…” a double-negative used correctly?

An answer to the stackexchange question I've just been bitten by a rattlesnake; how, exactly, do I “keep calm”? includes the following advice: The trick is to not try to tell yourself not to think ...
-1
votes
1answer
133 views

About double negative sentences problem [duplicate]

'This is a not uncommon mistake.' 'This is not an uncommon mistake.' Are those sentences above both means 'This is somewhat common mistake.' ? or could they have different meanings?
0
votes
4answers
2k views

Correct interpretation of a “double-negative” in American Pop Culture (i.e. “I ain't afraid of no ghost!”) [duplicate]

In the 2016 film Ghostbusters Dan Aykroyd states: I ain't afraid of no ghost! To which a lady who looks like Jennifer Anniston replies: That's a double negative! That means you ARE afraid of ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Is Shakespeare's Double Negative Grammatically Wrong?

In Act I Scene I of The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare's character Salarino uses a double negative in the phrase Not in love neither?, is this grammatically wrong or was this acceptable at the time? [...
3
votes
2answers
233 views

Does this double negative make any sense? [closed]

Corporate attorney trying to develop a standard form for hiring decisions, with a check mark for me to fill out. Does the second sentence make sense? ____There is a legal basis to not extend offer of ...
1
vote
2answers
194 views

Double Negative with Parallelism

I came across this long sentence in a novel, and would like to analyze it grammatically: "I spent [...] time racking my brains for gems of Philosophy [....] , but I have come up with nothing that you ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

How does “I never had nothing” mean “I never had anything”? [duplicate]

In a BBC Documentary about Brexit, an interviewee stated his reason for voting out as following: We are giving to some of the eastern Europeans who come in here at that time. they have more priority ...
2
votes
3answers
70 views

Double Negative?

Does this sentence suffer from double negation: "The results of this study will not, we do not think, shock economists."
2
votes
1answer
261 views

Is 'Do not be negative' double negation?

Is it correct, if I say, "John, do not be negative". I don't mean to say, "John, be positive". I mean he just shouldn't be negative, not necessarily positive. I'm using 'negative' as an adverb to ...
0
votes
2answers
532 views

Are double negatives *always* wrong? [duplicate]

Could you use these two sentences the same way? Which one is worse: This wasn't no common day. This wasn't a common day.
1
vote
1answer
59 views

declined to override a veto - is that a Yes or a No?

The full sentence from the New York Times reads: One day after a mass shooting in California left 14 people dead, Republican lawmakers in New Jersey declined on Thursday to override Gov. Chris ...
1
vote
5answers
2k views

I could not have not noticed

"As a geek I could not have not noticed the error in your calculation." This is how I would say this in Slovak language, is this correct in English? If not, what could I use instead? EDIT: The ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

How to answer the question “Isn't it something I haven't watched?”

I would like to know how to respond clearly and correctly to the question "Isn't it something I haven't watched?" with an answer to the effect that the person hasn't watched it.
1
vote
1answer
519 views

Is 'no, we are not' double negation? [duplicate]

I got into a debate with one of my colleagues - we are both not native English speakers. She asked me a question "so we are currently not sending any data to him?" I replied "No". I understand that ...
2
votes
3answers
290 views

Is there a misnegation in the following example?

I have a question about an excerpt that I read online. Here it is: Having reviewed the posts that you have identified, I conclude that you do not have any non-frivolous defamation against any of ...
0
votes
5answers
487 views

“I don't buy no drinks.” Grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I don't buy no drinks. I saw this phrase in a song, and I'm not quite sure if it's correct I hope you'll help me find the answer. Thank you in advance.
3
votes
2answers
429 views

A sentence with double negative [closed]

I came across the following sentence in Kurt Vonnegut's book Slaughterhouse Five. “Trout would have gone upstairs if Billy hadn't asked him not to.” If this sentence is considered independently, ...
0
votes
1answer
310 views

Is this a double negative sentence?

Many in the government disagree with a plan to debunk the low budget grassroots effort to expose the frivolity of Project X; the government employee’s union, with a newly elected leadership that more ...
3
votes
1answer
317 views

Possible double negative sentence explanation

At nearly 450 pages, the novel is prolix : the author does not often resist the temptation to finish off a chapter, section, or even paragraph with some unnecessary flourish. Is the second part ...
0
votes
1answer
150 views

“will not long go unsold to” meaning?

What does "will not go unsold to" mean in the following sentence? The King of Portugal, Lord of Spices, has set... prices just as he pleases, for pepper, which, at any cost, no matter how dear, ...
0
votes
4answers
7k views

Alternative for “couldn't not help”?

Given a sentence like: I couldn’t not help him right? I was wondering if that sentence was grammatically correct, and even if it is, what better way is there to rephrase it? Because as it stands, ...