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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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I never do something with / without him as my buddy

while looking at this thread a big doubt is seizing me. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2298145/i-need-to-solve-a-truth-table-question Specifically the second sentence 2) C never pulls a ...
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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”)?

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 ...