DOUBLE NEGATIVE





It must be remembered that two negatives in the English language destroy

each other and are equivalent to an affirmative. Thus "I don't know

nothing about it" is intended to convey, that I am ignorant of the

matter under consideration, but it defeats its own purpose, inasmuch as

the use of nothing implies that I know something about it. The sentence

should read--"I don't know anything about it."



Often we hear such expressions as "He was not asked to give no

opinion," expressing the very opposite of what is intended. This sentence

implies that he was asked to give his opinion. The double negative,

therefore, should be carefully avoided, for it is insidious and is liable

to slip in and the writer remain unconscious of its presence until the

eye of the critic detects it.





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