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    No One Says Nothing About It

    Hi :) I just watched an interview video on youtube and someone says "No one says nothing about it". What does that actually means? As far as I know, it means like "Someone says something" but when I was trying to relate it to the sentence, it totally made no sense. "It's a problem for me that I can't control, but what about all the millions of people in the world, who sit out in the sun to become darker, to become other than what they are, no one says nothing about that"That's the full sentence from the video. I hope it can help :)Thank you very much. xx

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    Re: No One Says Nothing About It

    [Not a teacher]

    If I am not wrong, the sentence is not correct.

    "No one says anything about it", meaning that nobody gives any opinion about the subject or has any objection to such behavior.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: No One Says Nothing About It

    The double negative, though "incorrect" is extremely common.
    I don't know nothing about that.
    He didn't say nothing to me.

    It makes me wince, but unless you can tell the person is deliberately using the double negative to mean a positive, assume it's a negative and mentally replace "nothing" with "anything."

    An example of a deliberate use:
    A: Bill is giving everyone the silent treatment.
    B: What do you mean?
    A: He came home and said nothing to anyone. Just went upstairs without a word.
    B: Oh, I assure you, he didn't say "nothing" to me - he talked my ear off about how he does all the work around here.
    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.

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    Re: No One Says Nothing About It

    Native people speak (and write) as they want everywhere. Last month I was reading "The Passage" - by Justin Cronin - and a person waiting for the imminent doom of his entire family shooks his head and says: "God don't love us no more".

    Here in Spain it is the same thing all the time.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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