- For Teachers
I always hear native speakers say the following sentences, but I am not sure how to understand them easily and I don't want to misunderstand the real meaning, please give me the better way to understand it....
e.g. I don't know nothing.
e.g. I didn't tell him nothing.
If taken literally, "I don't no nothing" would mean "I know something" due to the double negative. However, as a rule, when someone uses the slang phrase "I don't know nothing," it means that they have no information about the situation. For example, in Gone with the Wind Prissy says "I don't know nothing about birthing babies," which means that she has no knowledge about the childbirth process.