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    Double negation

    I don't like neither of my parents. = I like both my parents.

    Do they convey the same meaning?

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    Re: Double negation

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    I don't like neither of my parents. = I like both my parents.

    Do they convey the same meaning?
    No, they don't convey the same meaning. In fact, they are direct opposites.

    BUT... I'd fix them like this:

    I like neither of my parents.
    I like both of my parents.

    I hope this helps you.

    c

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    Re: Double negation

    Your double negative to create a positive is in a form we don't use.

    I don't dislike either = I dislike neither = I do like both.

    While we do say "I dislike neither" we don't say "I don't like neither."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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