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    What is a double negative,??

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    When teaching,  a student would often come to me and say, "Teacher, I don't got no pencil". To explain the double negative,  which ends up making what you mean to say the opposite  (in this case, the student doesn't have a pencil), I directed a little show. The student held out both hands, palms up. In one, I placed a pencil and named that hand "a pencil". The empty hand was dubbed "no pencil". Since the student didn't have "no pencil", that hand was lowered to his side. So, he must have "a pencil", and should go sit down and do the assignment. 


    The visual helped the whole class not to use "double negative" together.  They didn't not get it no more, neither!


     

    Example: The design of this vehicle is "not unlike" the 2012 model.

    ROMOS

    It is not unnecessary to tell the truth all the time.
    Ducky

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    Oh no!!!! Have I started something that I can't finish? lol
    Double negative is an important figure of speech wherein two negatives unite to make one affirmative sentence. In English, two negatives are understood to resolve into a positive, which is exactly why double negation is widely used when making backhanded compliments.

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    hector5559

    That makes two of us then,
    Ducky

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    I don't know nothing neither.

    I can't get no satisfaction.

    Ducky

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    Good song....bad grammar. :)

    Ain't got none... 



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