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She won't have you doing no cooking in here.
She won't wait for no excuses. I read this in a story book. Here, two negatives "won't and no" so,does it mean positive? If it is negative meaning, does it need "no" ?
Only context will tell you whether the first one is 'sub-standard' English. If it is, then the 'no' should be 'any' in standard English.The second would make no sense if it were standard English so, the 'no' should be read as 'any'.
Last edited by 5jj; 25-Apr-2012 at 13:22.
-2 x -2 = 4
But -2 + -2 = -4
There's no reason to assume that double negatives should follow the rules of multiplication, or any rules of maths, but addition would be more natural IMO. Of a million people saying I ain't got nobody, it would be difficult to find one of them who meant that they were in a relationship. Double negatives as negatives should be avoided in formal language, exams, etc, but to say that they are positive is simply inaccurate IMO.
Last edited by Tdol; 25-Apr-2012 at 11:17.