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John, who is shy, rarely talks to nobody at parties.

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John, who is shy, rarely talks to nobody at parties.

A. rarely talks to nobody
B. rarely talks to no one
C. seldom talks to nobody
D. seldom talks to anybody
E. seldom talks to no one

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Seldom and rarely, negatives, when combined with another negative, render the meaning positive. So the only choice that combines a negative with positive to give us the intended meaning is D, the correct choice
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John, who is shy, rarely talks to nobody at parties.

A. rarely talks to nobody
B. rarely talks to no one
C. seldom talks to nobody
D. seldom talks to anybody
E. seldom talks to no one


Logically, you can't talk to "nobody." You have to someone- so "anybody" is the key indefinite pronoun.

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