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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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Avoiding double negatives

Avoiding Double Negatives

Don’t say No!


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! Here are some examples:

  • 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.


Avoiding double negatives
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!


Avoiding double negatives
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!