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GMAT Grammar Book: Double Negatives

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Double Negatives


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In English, double negatives must be avoided. It is incorrect to use two negatives in the same sentence clause. (See this page for more examples of double negatives and negation.)
Study the examples below:

INCORRECTCORRECTOR
I don’t have no money.I don’t have any money.I have no money.
We didn’t want no ice.We didn’t want any ice.We wanted no ice.
He doesn’t like nobody.He doesn’t like anybody.He likes nobody.
She can’t never come out.She can’t ever come out.She can’t come out.


Exercise 23: Avoiding Double Negatives


Correct the following sentences, all of which contain double negatives.

Example: Jimmy doesn’t have no manners. Jimmy doesn’t have any manners.

1. Kathy didn’t do nothing.
2. There isn’t no milk in the refrigerator.
3. I can’t never understand him.
4. We couldn’t see nothing but people at the concert.
5. They didn’t trust nobody.




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