What Is a Double Negative?
When two negative words or two negative structures are used in the same sentence, a double negative is formed. Sentences with double negatives are not grammatically correct.
What Are Negative Words?
Here is a list of common negative words that negate a sentence:
Common Negative Pronouns
Common Negative Verbs
want from you!
The correct sentence would be 'I want nothing from you,' or 'I don't want anything from you.'
wait for the waiter to bring my order.
The correct sentence would be 'I can hardly wait for the waiter to bring my order.'
In some dialects of English, you might hear double or even triple negatives. Remember that they are not considered acceptable in formal contexts or in writing.
When Double Negation Is Acceptable
In some rare occasions, in formal English, you can use 'not' + a negative adjective or adverb in order to make your statements less harsh and softer. For example:
This year's rise in inflation to 3% was
The repair cost fifty pounds. Oh well, that's
|Common Negative Pronouns||Nobody||Nothing||No one||None||Nowhere|
|Common Negative Adverbs|
|Common Negative Verbs|
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