- double negative
- noun Grammar1》 a negative statement containing two negative elements (e.g. he didn't say nothing), regarded as incorrect in standard English.2》 a positive statement in which two negative elements are used to produce the positive force, e.g. there is not nothing to worry about!UsageAccording to standard English grammar, a double negative used to express a single negative, such as I don't know nothing (rather than I don't know anything), is incorrect. The rules dictate that the two negative elements cancel each other out to give an affirmative statement, so that I don't know nothing would be interpreted as I know something. This sort of double negative is widespread in dialect and other non-standard usage, and indeed was normal in Old English and Middle English.
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