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    Can anyone tell me which sentence is good?

    There isn't nowhere Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. - double negative /triple negative?

    There isn't anywhere Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. - double negative or ok?

    There is nowhere Eddie hasn't been for his holidays.- double negative or ok?

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    • There isn't nowhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <awkward>
    • There isn't anywhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <OK>
    • There is nowhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <awkward>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    • There isn't nowhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <awkward>
    • There isn't anywhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <OK>
    • There is nowhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays. <awkward>
    Since there isn't anywhere = there is nowhere, I think two of the three sentences are fine.

    There isn't anywhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays.
    There is nowhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays
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    Eddie seems to have been in every interesting place of the world for his holidays.

    There is somewhere that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays.
    There seems to be a place in the world that Eddie hasn't been for his holidays yet.

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    Hi engee30

    It's awkward, I know, and while its semantics appear to defy the rules of grammar, native speakers have been know to use the construct.

    There isn't anywhere that ___ hasn't been [before].

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