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Double Negatives. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” Anonymous . These are grammatically incorrect sentences because they contain double negatives. . I don’t want no water. There aren’t no apples in the refrigerator. I haven’t none.

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double negatives
Double Negatives

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”Anonymous

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

these are grammatically incorrect sentences because they contain double negatives
These are grammatically incorrect sentences because they contain double negatives.
  • I don’t want no water.
  • There aren’t no apples in the refrigerator.
  • I haven’t none.
  • We weren’t hardly able to sleep.

If you read these sentences quickly, you might think that they are correct. But they are not. So what is wrong with them? Check next slide for answers.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

corrections
Corrections
  • I don’t want no water.
  • I don’t want any water.
  • There aren’t no apples in the refrigerator.
  • There aren’t any apples in the refrigerator.
  • I haven’t none.
  • I haven’t any.
  • We weren’t hardly able to sleep.
  • We were hardly able to sleep.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

so what are the rules about double negatives
Do not use two or more negative words in the same sentence. Two negatives contradict each other and make an positive.

Negative words:

No never

Scarcely hardly

Only none

Nobody no one

Nothing neither

Not n’t

But(meaning only)

So what are the rules about double negatives?

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

let s practice
Let’s practice:
  • Marisol hadn’t never heard of the movie.
  • I haven’t no money for such things.
  • I have never seen any tanks.
  • There wasn’t no opportunity to go to the opera.
  • He isn’t hardly able to run to the bus.
  • I didn’t find nobody at the swimming pool.
  • I haven’t any bananas today.
  • He didn’t like none of these.
  • We weren’t but four players on the field.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

corrections6
Corrections:
  • Marisol hadn’t never heard of the movie.
  • Marisol had never heard of the movie.
  • I haven’t no money for such things.
  • I haven’t any money for such things.
  • I have never seen no tanks.
  • I have never seen any tanks.
  • There wasn’t no opportunity to go to the opera.
  • There wasn’t any opportunity to go to the opera.
  • He isn’t hardly able to run to the bus.
  • He is hardly able to run to the bus.
  • I didn’t find nobody at the swimming pool.
  • I didn’t find anybody at the swimming pool.
  • I haven’t any bananas today.
  • I have no bananas today.
  • He didn’t like none of these.
  • He didn’t like any of these.
  • We weren’t but four players on the field.
  • We were but four players on the field.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

more practice
More practice:
  • I couldn’t hardly speak.
  • She hasn’t no food.
  • I am sure they didn’t have no other car.
  • Dad can’t hardly hear me from my room.
  • Rover won’t bite nobody.
  • I am sure she hasn’t no books for us.
  • I didn’t run into no one I knew at the game.
  • Tommy hasn’t done nothing today.
  • Grandma didn’t have no chocolate yesterday.
  • I didn’t see the kite nowhere.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

corrections8
Corrections:
  • I couldn’t hardly speak.
  • I could hardly speak.
  • She hasn’t no food.
  • She has no food.
  • I am sure they didn’t have no other car.
  • I am sure they didn’t have any other car.
  • Dad can’t hardly hear me from my room.
  • Dad can hardly hear me from my room.
  • Rover won’t bite nobody.
  • Rover won’t bite anybody.
  • I am sure she hasn’t no books for us.
  • I am sure she hasn’t any books for us.
  • I didn’t run into no one I knew at the game.
  • I didn’t run into any one I knew at the game.
  • Tommy hasn’t done nothing today.
  • Tommy hasn’t done anything today.
  • Grandma didn’t have no chocolate yesterday.
  • Grandma didn’t have any chocolate yesterday.
  • I didn’t see the kite nowhere.
  • I didn’t see the kite anywhere.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

assignment
Assignment:
  • Carlos didn’t see nobody around.
  • Can’t you find no milk?
  • He was not allowed to go nowhere.
  • Dad say she can’t never trust him.
  • The boys haven’t any clothing to wear.
  • It wasn’t hardly midnight when we saw the moon.
  • In the beginning, they weren’t hardly surprised.
  • There wasn’t nobody in school so late.
  • It was so warm the dog couldn’t scarcely move.
  • It don’t make no difference anyway.
  • It don’t matter no how.
  • Didn’t you notice that there was no oil in the car.
  • I wasn’t no where to be found.

Created by José J. González, Jr.Spring 2002STCC

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