Double Negatives - Jefferson County Public Schools

Double Negatives Grade 3 A double negative contains two negative words: He

doesn't even know no one My sister used to play.. um basketball.. but she doesn't no more They dont ave nothin But no-one didnt answered Correcting Double

Negatives The clause I don't have none contains two negative wordsthe contraction don't and the adjective none. If you don't have none, then you do have some. To express a negative idea, you

should use only one negative word. Remember: In addition to such negative words as never, no, none, and not, the words scarcely, hardly,

and barely function as negatives and should not be used with other negative words in the same clause Incorrect He never cooks nothing exciting

for dinner. Correct He never cooks anything exciting for dinner. Incorrect

We can't hardly wait for a change in the menu. Correct We can hardly wait for a change

in the menu. Correct We can't wait for a change in the menu. Incorrect

You haven't been reading no books on how to cook bugs, have you? correct

You haven't been reading any books on how to cook bugs, have you? Correct You haven't been reading books on how to cook bugs, have you?

Words combined with n't and the word not are negative words. Incorrect Lisa did not feel nothing.

Correct Lisa felt nothing. Give yourself a test. . They didn't have

(any, no) tickets. . Our team hasn't won the league title. (never, ever)

Try these. He didn't bring (any, none) of the food.

Haven't you been to a football game? (ever, never) Now, try these.

I have not seen on the field yet. (anybody, nobody) She didn't see the coach (nowhere, anywhere)

. Lets see how you do on these. Their team doesn't have players. (any, no)

We can't find the basketball (nowhere, anywhere) poor .

Always remember: Don't use no double negatives. . . Or maybe we should say,

Dont use any double negatives! Resources http://www.ecu. edu.au/ses /research/CALLR/

AENG/what/rules/ negative. htm www.geocities.com

205.126.22.50/la nguage/lessons/ doublene g.html www.geocities.co m

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