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Avoiding Double Negatives. Don’t say No!. A negative is any word that has ‘not’ or ‘no’ in it. Here are some examples:. No Not Never Nothing None No one Nowhere A contraction with ‘not’ in it like didn’t, couldn’t, isn’t, etc. Here’s the rule!.

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a negative is any word that has not or no in it here are some examples
A negative is any word that has ‘not’ or ‘no’ in it. Here are some examples:
  • No
  • Not
  • Never
  • Nothing
  • None
  • No one
  • Nowhere
  • A contraction with ‘not’ in it like didn’t, couldn’t, isn’t, etc.
here s the rule
Here’s the rule!
  • It ain’t never no good to use double negatives in one sentence!!!
  • A double negative is any sentence that has more than one negative word in it, like my rule above!
  • Here would be a better way to write the rule: You can’t use more than one negative in any sentence.
  • Double negatives are NEVER okay to use in writing because it confuses the reader.
  • To fix a double negative, take out one of them and rewrite the sentence so it is more clear for the reader.
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Let’s Practice: Underline the negative words. Then, redo the following sentences, fixing the double negative.
  • They don’t have no reason to be angry.
  • She won’t never sing in front of an audience.
  • I would not go nowhere with you.
  • Nobody never volunteers to write on the board!
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Let’s Practice: Underline the negative words. Then, redo the following sentences, fixing the double negative.
  • I don’t have no fear of skateboarding.
  • Didn’t nobody bring cookies for the party?
  • I never want to go skydiving!
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