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Iīve learned that in English we hardly ever use two negative words in the same sentence, unless both have a full meaning (Michael Swan - Donīt just say nothing). If I like drinking water, but somebody asks me if I drink little water, can I say: No, I donīt drink little water, I drinks lots of it.?
Last edited by colloquium; 12-Dec-2008 at 14:14.
Beachboy, perhaps you can think up a more plausible scenario?
The question is not the point, but the context... Suppose somebody, at a party, says - Hey, guys, Beachboy doesnīt buy beer because he prefers coffee. He drinks little beer... What should I say:
Hey, wait a minute!
(a) Itīs not true that I drink little beer! I drink lots of it!
(b) I donīt drink little beer! I drink lots of it!
(c) I drink lots of beer...
So what I really want to know is if itīs ever possible to use a negative (not/never) and the word little in sentences like that...
'I was not a little surprised by this change of tone.'
'I have to admit I'm not a little disappointed.'
Here it means 'a lot/a good deal/very'.