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    Question the sentence sounds nonsense!?

    "lf we don't have trust, we don't have nothing" is quoted from the movie of White Chicks, but I wonder that the sentence sounds weird to me, who was taught in schools that is "we have nothing or we don't have anything". please help me out the sentence. thank you so much.

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    Re: the sentence sounds nonsense!?

    Quote Originally Posted by blackdragon View Post
    "lf we don't have trust, we don't have nothing" is quoted from the movie of White Chicks, but I wonder that the sentence sounds weird to me, who was taught in schools that is "we have nothing or we don't have anything". please help me out the sentence. thank you so much.
    It's Black American English. You don't need to speak it, but you'll have to get used to it. It means "We don't have anything".
    (I assume White Chicks is the movie about two black guys disguised as white girls? You have to expect some dialect and slang in this sort of movie - perhaps in all movies.) Don't expect to see perfect English in movies, songs, poems, novels, internet blogs.... Do expect to see non-standard English from black guys dressed as white chicks, or vice versa.
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    Re: the sentence sounds nonsense!?

    Please note that a better title would have been 'We don't have nothing'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: the sentence sounds nonsense!?

    The double negative is used in many regions in the UK. It's not standard English, but you'll hear it in many places.

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