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What does “any longer” mean when it falls in the middle of the sentence instead of at the end?

The bold part of this sentence is extremely hard for me to understand: There is also a tendency to imply a crisis to which one goes and then in some way retreats from. Now I can’t see that crisis any ...
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What are "double negatives" in English, and are they ever correct?

This is a followup to a comment exchange and particularly this comment over on ELL. One user contends that a double negative is always wrong in standard English. This user also maintains that: First, ...
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What is the difference between "The army didn't have any" and "didn't have no" in "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier"?

In his intro to the song "It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier," Tom Lehrer says: The army didn't have any, excuse me, didn't have no official song. And after that the audience laughs. ...
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Why does Steven Pinker say that “can’t” + “any” is just as much of a double-negative as “can’t” + “no” is in “I can’t get no/any satisfaction”?

In reference to "I can't get no satisfaction" vs "I can't get any satisfaction", Steven Pinker said (at 6:13): But "can't" and "any" is just as much of a ...
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The multiple meanings of "any" in different circumstances

I am confused about the different usages of the word (any* depending on the particular circumstance, and would appreciate some clarification. For instance, if I make the statement I have more ...
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"I ain't never seen" vs "I ain't seen" which one is correct? [duplicate]

As far as i know we do not need to add "never" because ain't is already have a negative meaning.
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Does "So as long as" mean the same as "Just as long as" in this sentence?

I have a question regarding a sentence in this Meta post: Votes reversed by the detection script can be re-cast by the user at a later time, so long as the user does not again engage in serial voting ...
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not followed by nobody (double negation) [duplicate]

I wrote this question in a funny and entertaining way, if you want to go straight to the question go to the end. Last day I was in a bar with some friends and they were talking about soccer (for which ...
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The difference between 'I don't know nothing else' and 'I know nothing else' [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following? I don't know nothing else and I know nothing else There's a don't in the first sentence, however both sentences translated the same in google ...
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Ain't got no negative concord [duplicate]

In Englishes which allow the usage of ain't, why do we put "no" afterwards? I ain't got no money. Your dad ain't got no nose. Is it compulsory to use no in order to make a proper structure ...
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"not to anybody" vs "to nobody"

I will not talk to anybody. or I will talk to nobody. I think both of them are valid (no double negation). My questions are: Is one of the two sentences stronger? I.e., does one of the two ...
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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 . ...
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Why are ambiguous phrases like "ain't no something" still used? [duplicate]

There are some phrases in English that lead to nothing but unnecessary confusion and frustration, especially for non-native speakers. For instance, I've seen the phrase ain't no something being used ...
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Isn’t this sentence a case of double negative?

Isn’t this sentence a case of double negative? No, failing at something doesn’t mean you can’t be happy. What are some other cases where double negatives may work or where they may not actually be ...
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"Cant fight no more", is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

"Cant fight no more", is this grammatically correct? If not, what is the correct way of saying this?
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Are double negatives proper English (e.g. "I don't know nothing")? [duplicate]

I have heard many (rather most) people, especially in the USA, saying: I don't know nothing about it. Is that correct? I always get a weird feeling hearing this and feel the correct one would be ...
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