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    Question What is the grammar structure to this sentence?

    Donkey: You know what else everybody likes? Parfait. Have you ever met a  person you say, "Hey, letís get some parfait," an d they say "Hey no, I  donít like no parfait?" Parfaits rae delicious.


    " I don't like no parfait?" ----What is the grammar structure to this sentence?

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    Default Re: What is the grammar structure to this sentence?

    It's a double negative. It is common in many regions in British, American and other Englishes, though generally regarded as an error in standard English.

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    Question Re: What is the grammar structure to this sentence?

    Does the double negative here mean positive or negative?

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    It has a negative meaning. The claim that two negatives makes a positive is generally very dubious, and in 99.9% of cases the speaker intends a negative.

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    But from the literal grammar point usually double negetive means positive. However in this kind of cases, does it always mean negetive, am I right?

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    Many say that a double nagative makes a positive and compare it to multiplying two negative numbers, but I think this is a false analogy. Why can't it be compared to adding two negative numbers? If, as in the song, someone said to you 'I ain't got nobody', are you very likely to say 'congratulations'? I wouldn't. Logic tells you that the person meant a negative. I think it's a false argument and has no scientific basis even in the strictest interpretation- there's no logic to say that two negative are identicle to the process of multiplication.

    'I ain't got no money.'
    'Well, dinner's on you.'
    'Huh?'
    'You just said you had money.'

    I feel that this idea is not just pedantry, but false pedantry. There are cases where there are two negatives with a positive meaning. The person in the conversation above could now say "I didn't say I had no money." However, this is a genuine double negation, which is different.

    Many disagree with the stand I am taking here, so please don't think it is a consensual opinion, but I do think the two negatives always = positive idea is just nonsense. Even the people who claim this would have to admit that most people who use the double negative mean a negative, which makes their claim a bit pointless IMO.

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    Thank you very much Tdol!

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    You`re welcome.

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