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

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"Rarely/Seldom talks to anyone/anybody" is the correct word choice and only D is satisfying the constraint.

Will go with D

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

A. rarely talks to nobody; rarely already has a negative connotation. use of nobody will include double negative, which is non-standard form
B. rarely talks to no one; similar to option A: rarely/ no one
C. seldom talks to nobody; similar to option A: seldom / nobody
D. seldom talks to anybody; correct choice
E. seldom talks to no one; similar to option A: seldom / no one
Ans: D
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John, who is shy, rarely talks to nobody at parties.

1. "rarely", "seldom" (adv) are the words that express negative idea and be used alone in a sentence to deliver negative idea.
nobody, no one (noun) are also negative words that are used alone in a sentence to deliver negative idea.
using negative words, adv and noun, at the same time is redundant.
2. "any" is used in question and negative sentences.
hence D is right.
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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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The key concept tested here is to understand that usage of double negative should be avoided when possible.

Only option D eradicates the usage of double negative and clearly conveys the meaning. Hence D
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John, who is shy, rarely talks to nobody at parties.

A. rarely talks to nobody

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The use of rarely and nobody in the same clause creates a double negative.


B. rarely talks to no one

This answer choice repeats the original mistake. The use of rarely and no one in the same clause creates a double negative.

Note that nobody and no one mean exactly the same thing and are both negation words.



C. seldom talks to nobody

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The use of seldom and nobody in the same clause creates a double negative.

Note that rarely and seldom mean exactly the same thing and are both negation words.



D. seldom talks to anybody

This answer choice corrects the original Double Negative mistake by replacing the negation word nobody with the non-negation word anybody. Replacing rarely with seldom does not change the original meaning because rarely and seldom mean exactly the same thing.


E. seldom talks to no one

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The use of seldom and no one in the same clause creates a double negative.

Note that rarely and seldom mean exactly the same thing and are both negation words. The same goes for nobody and no one.

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

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