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    Unhappy double negitives??

    ok i dont get what people mean by double negitive and whats a negitive exactly?

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    Re: double negitives??

    Quote Originally Posted by deleter154 View Post
    ok i dont get what people mean by double negitive and whats a negitive exactly?
    Hi deleter!

    Briefly:

    A double negative is two negatively expressed ideas (either grammatical or semantic) in a sentence, which cancel each other out to become a positive e.g.

    I don't like not knowing = I like knowing

    She isn't unattractive = she's attractive

    I haven't found nothing = I have found something

    I dislike nobody = I (probably) actively like some people


    These are just a few simple examples...double negatives can express many nuances of meaning, but hope this helps!

    finta


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    Re: double negitives??

    thanks this helps alot!!


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    Re: double negitives??

    Quote Originally Posted by finta View Post
    Hi deleter!

    Briefly:

    A double negative is two negatively expressed ideas (either grammatical or semantic) in a sentence, which cancel each other out to become a positive e.g.

    1. I don't like not knowing = I like knowing

    2. She isn't unattractive = she's attractive

    3. I haven't found nothing = I have found something

    4. I dislike nobody = I (probably) actively like some people

    These are just a few simple examples...double negatives can express many nuances of meaning, but hope this helps!

    Hello Finta,

    Double negatives, without the necessary intonation, don't often express a positive.

    For #1 above, there is a strong assumption that people do like to know things so seemingly, it points to a positive.

    But for #2, it doesn't follow that a person described as "not unattractive", is attractive.

    The notion that a double negative makes a positive was a prescriptive argument against double negatives that used fallacious reasoning.

    "I don't have no money" does not, to any native speaker, mean that "I've got some/a lot of money".

    Similarly, for your #3, it can't be concluded, in fact it would be a false assumption to conclude that the speaker had found something.


    finta

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