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    #1

    double negative = emphasis?

    Do you frequently say ain't never to emphasize the negative meaning?
    "Ain't never" means "I will never" not "I will". It is emphasis, right?
    It's like "Don't shoot nobody" = "Never never shoot anybody"
    Logically not+no = positive, but does it sometimes become positive or is it always emphasis of negative?


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    Re: double negative = emphasis?

    Most native speakers would not use "ain't" at all.

    Here is a great comprehensive discussion about why:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/e...i-do-aint.html

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    #3

    Re: double negative = emphasis?

    Quote Originally Posted by petit_minou View Post
    Most native speakers would not use "ain't" at all. l
    Actually, as some people in that thread suggest, quite a few native speakers do use it, but learners are recommended to avoid it. It is generally considered to be a sign of an uneducated speaker.

    The use of a double negative for emphasis is also considered sub-standard and is also not recommended, but that is how it is used in your example, keannu.

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