Adventures in English: Episode Two

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This episode focuses on double negatives. Keep reading this blog post after the comic strip for more examples of double negatives.

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What is a Double Negative?

A double negative uses two negative words in the same clause to express a single negative idea. Often double negatives mean the opposite of what you are trying to say:

We didn't do nothing. = We did nothing.

You should mostly avoid using double negatives as they often indicate a poor choice of words. Sometimes it is better to use a single negative instead:

We didn’t do anything.

Here are some more examples of double negatives and poor word choices:

  • It wasn't uninteresting.
  • He is not unattractive.
  • I can't get no satisfaction.

What is a Triple Negative?

Triple negatives are very rare but can be heard in regional dialects. Here is an example:

I ain't never heard of no licence.

What are your experiences with double negatives? Do you ever use them in conversation? Leave a comment below with your examples.

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