Double Negatives Double • Only one negative word in a sentence. • When a sentence uses two negative words it is called a double negative. no isn’t not don’t can’t but just barely hardly except only neither rarely nothing nowhere
Double Double Negatives Bad grammar:They seldom ever visit us. Good grammar:They seldom visit us. Bad grammar:They didn't hardly have enough food left. Good grammar:They hardly have enough food left.
Double Negatives Double MORE Bad grammar:She isn't but a homeless little girl. Good grammar:She is but a homeless little girl. Bad grammar:He can't hardly wait for his present to arrive. Good grammar:He can hardly wait for his present to arrive.
You Don’t Need No Double Negatives • You aren't barely old enough to live on your own. • Why can't you hardly wait for your parents to pick you up? • She was so disappointed because she couldn't go neither. • I have so much to do that I haven't ever got time to rest.
I am Contraction Action = I’m you are = you’re it is = it’s he is = he’s
Contraction Action she is = she’s is not = isn’t let us = let’s did not = didn’t
Contraction Action we will = we’ll could not = couldn’t will not = won’t you will = you’ll