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    ain't

    Hi teacher ,
    I have a question please..
    I know that ain't might come as a contraction for have not ..
    but in "outta my head" song for "daughty"
    it says "Ain't no doubt about it"
    I think this means " have not no doubt "
    so how come there are two negations together ??
    this really confusing me ..

    thank you..

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    Re: ain't

    English, like French and all of the Scandinavian languages, moves from double negative to single, and back again, every few hundred years. In some regions, the double negative is quite usual in many cases, even today.

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    #3

    Re: ain't

    Welcome to the Forum, ragheda.

    Do not expect to hear correct English in song lyrics.

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    Re: ain't

    konungursvia and riquecohen
    Thank you so much

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    #5

    Re: ain't

    When you hear the word "ain't" do not expect real formal English. There is something forceful and emphatic to saying "ain't no doubt about it," that is not conveyed by the "proper" form "isn't any doubt about it."

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