Student or Learner
Two guys are talking. And one asks another.
Why did you worker leave you? (He worked on a farm)
He replied laughing: He just went moving on. It's not like I had him locked into no million-dollar long-term contract.
I understand he's saying: He wasn't obliged to stay because he didn't sign a million-dollar long-term contract.
However the word "no" before "million-dollar" is a bit strange to me? Does this word change the meaning of this sentence?
Last edited by abaka; 12-Nov-2010 at 16:18.
So my interpretation was correct?
Yes, you are right that he wasn't obliged to stay because he didn't sign a million-dollar long-term contract.
But there is no strangeness here, nor does the double negative change the meaning; it just reinforces it.
Sentences like this are not school-book English. But they are common enough.
If you're going to speak in slang, you aren't going to worry about the finer points of logic. Nor should you.
But that kind of talk does seem quite vulgar in a real business situation. Almost as though the person who said it is not very honest.