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    #71

    Re: Is this right?

    Quote Originally Posted by johncalloway View Post
    this usage is definitely wrong
    "I don't know nothing" is definitely wrong? That, as this thread shows, is a matter of opinion. Some people definitely do think it is wrong. Others disagree. Whether is it is wrong or not would have to depend--at least in part--on context.






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    #72

    Red face Re: Is this right?

    I think this is right..

    Mandeep

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    #73

    Re: Is this right?

    I recently read this in a book:
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    I didn't see nothing. I didn't hear nothing neither.






    Hm.





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    #74

    Re: Is this right?

    i think you means,

    don't sign anything?

    cmiiw :D

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    #75

    Re: don't sign nothing

    "Language for communication" and "language for tests"... may need separate approaches.

    Need dictates requirement.

    Trying to assist ESL students is a very fine line to walk, knowing what they require from a contextual perspective is often more difficult than providing a "technical" answer.

    My hat is off to everyone who tries to help.

    I am sure all answers are appreciated... even if they only raise more questions.

    While there is discourse, there is learning.


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    #76

    Re: don't sign nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    don't sign nothing

    is that a correct way of saying it????
    when two negatives are used in a single sentence, it does not make much sense, it more like you are trying to make the sentence positive. so, don't sign nothing is grammatically incorrect, it's better to say don't sign anything.

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    #77

    Re: don't sign nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Janvier View Post
    when two negatives are used in a single sentence, it does not make much sense, it more like you are trying to make the sentence positive. so, don't sign nothing is grammatically incorrect, it's better to say don't sign anything.
    It also begs the question, "how does one sign nothing?"

    Perhaps with invisible ink (Groan)


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    #78

    Re: don't sign nothing

    Don't sign nothing- is a double negetive and is usually not the most acceptable modal of the language(until its a poem or a song). It should be avoided


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    #79

    Re: don't sign nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by DougLewis View Post
    It also begs the question, "how does one sign nothing?"
    Does this beg it too?
    I signed nothing.

    Quote Originally Posted by DougLewis View Post
    Perhaps with invisible ink (Groan)
    Sign this paper. It is the paper, not the ink.


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    #80

    Re: don't sign nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    don't sign nothing

    is that a correct way of saying it????
    The correct way of saying is : don't sign anything

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