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    #1

    Post double negative

    Is this sentence correct?

    I don't have nothing.

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    Re: double negative

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    I don't have nothing.
    It is not correct if you mean to say that you don't have anything (you have nothing).

    It's fine if you are saying that it is not true that you have nothing:

    A: You are worthless. You have nothing.
    B: I don't have nothing! I have my talent.

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    Re: double negative

    You're right FiveJJ and excuse me for putting in my two cents' worth. Maybe it's useful to point out that such double negatives, although technically incorrect, are very common in conversation in certain contexts, especially in US English. And that they wouldn't necessarily be seen as wrong or unusual by others in that context. For example:
    "You won't have nothin' left".
    "I ain't got nothin' to lose".
    "I ain't got no chance of winning".
    Such phrases have a flavour and effectiveness of their own.

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    Re: double negative

    There are plenty of parts of the UK where you can hear sentences like that too.

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