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    Double Negatives & Commas

    Can you tell me if the answer to the question is not a double negative because of the comma?

    Did you say something?

    No, I said nothing.

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    Re: Double Negatives & Commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Can you tell me if the answer to the question is not a double negative because of the comma?

    Did you say something? Rhetorical question - I am pretty sure you said something; questioning for confirmation
    If it was: Did you say anything? it would be a 'true' question - I am asking whether or not you said something

    No, I said nothing.
    No, I said nothing means in this case No, I didn't (say anything); therefore, it is not a double negative.

    There's another possible interpretation of the situation:
    Did you say something? = Did you say the word something?
    No, I said nothing. = No, I didn't say the word something - I said the word nothing
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