Using a negative word with a negative verb is called a double negation. Is it OK to use double negation in English grammar? Let's find out!
What Is a Double Negation?
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 have the power to make a sentence negative.
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 triple(!) negatives. Remember that they are not considered acceptable in formal situations 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 more soft:
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|