Double Negatives!. By Emily Ray. 3 Commonly asked questions about double negatives… What is a negative word? What is a double negative? What is wrong with using a double negative ? *Answer these questions for the pre-teaching activity. Question 1: What is a negative word?
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By Emily Ray
3 Commonly asked questions about double negatives…
What is a negative word?
What is a double negative?
What is wrong with using a double negative?
*Answer these questions for the pre-teaching activity
-A construction that employs two negatives, especially to express a single negotiation.
-A double negative is usually produced by combining the negative form of verb (e.g., cannot, did not, have not) with a negative pronoun (e.g., nothing, nobody), a negative adverb (e.g., never, hardly) or a negative conjunction (e.g., neither/nor)
-Examples: don’t need none, ain’t heard nothing, never tell nobody, neither of us don’t
-Often double negatives mean the opposite of what you are trying to say.
-cancel each other out and make a positive
- For example if you said, “I don’t need no education,” you would technically be saying that no education is something you don’t need. In other words, you need an education.
word word phrase
Jenny didn’t do nothing today.= positive
word word phrase
She doesn’t have an eraser I can borrow.= negative