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  1. flatron's Avatar

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    ...don't...

    Hi, I read in David Letterman’s show: “Don’t nobody go anywhere”….isn’t this phrase grammatically incorrect? …isn’t there an unnecessary repetition?...Thanks a lot!

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    Re: ...don't...

    Quote Originally Posted by flatron View Post
    Hi, I read in David Letterman’s show: “Don’t nobody go anywhere”….isn’t this phrase grammatically incorrect? …isn’t there an unnecessary repetition?...Thanks a lot!
    You are correct, this is grammatically incorrect.

    However in conversational informal English, it is becoming relatively common to hear this form of double negative used as a way of signifying emphasis.

    I don't like it, and I think most more traditional people won't like it either.

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