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I have been wondering if a sentence like "I don't know nothing" is correct, because I have heard many actors speaking in this way. Grammatically speaking, "I don't know anything" should be correct, shouldn't it? So I guess speaking like this reflects character's academic background or something in a story.
Sorry for butting in. Can't "I don't know nothing" imply that I know something?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thank you for the comments. What I'm concerned about the most is whether this expression is associated with speaker's social status, personality or intellectual level. As far as I know, a person who plays a role of a high official, a lawyer, a doctor and etc. rarely speaks in this way.
Last edited by mogu; 05-Sep-2013 at 01:58.
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Your comment is quite helpful. Thank you.
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