I am confused about some words.Need help

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chaos_cai

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hello,my dear teacher.
In my memory,"not" always goes with "any" or "anything",and it sometimes means "nothing".
But,I saw two sentences when I watching a movie today,which are"I don't know nothing"and"He didn't tell me nothing"
So I cannot understand the grammar.
Who can tell me?
Thanks in advance.
 

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Good for you! The actor was speaking improperly to indicate that his character was NOT well educated.
 

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But,I don't think so,the sentences are from "prison break",which is very famous in China.So I am not agree with you.However,thank you all the same.
 

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But,I don't think so,the sentences are from "prison break",which is very famous in China.So I am not agree with you.However,thank you all the same.

Don't be mislead by that production - it's no good if you start talking like the guys in the film. They use such expressions to be different from others, sometimes deliberately breaking the rules to stand out in a crowd, if only you know what I mean.
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The structure is known as a double negative, and is generally seen as an indication of poor education. In a series such as "Prison Break", it would be used to indicate the social standing of a character.

It is a fairly common colloquial form.
 
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Your observation is right. We teach that phenomenon in sociolingustics. Some American dialects like the so called "Blank English" accepts double negations; i.e. I do not know nothing. It is still very colloquial but also ungrammatical.
 

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Chaos - please don't use American television programs to hear good English! :lol: - or model good behavior :oops:- or to see typical family life in American :roll:

Remember: most TV shows are pretend and exaggerated.
 

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Chaos - please don't use American television programs to hear good English! :lol: - or model good behavior :oops:- or to see typical family life in American :roll:

Remember: most TV shows are pretend and exaggerated.

And what would you, Susie, expect someone with such a nickname like Chaos to watch? :lol: American movies and TV shows! ;-)
 
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