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Practical English Grammar

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Confusing usage words part eight


In mathematics, a negative number times a negative number yields a positive number.

Similarly, in grammar, when two negative words are used (where only one is needed), the
negatives cancel each other out, making the idea positive and not negative as intended. In
the sentence, ‘‘I cannot get no respect from them,’’ the two negative words, cannot and no,
cancel each other out. Thus, the sentence is really saying, ‘‘I can get respect from them,’’
a far different thought from what seems to be the sentence’s original intention. Had the
sentence read, ‘‘I cannot get respect from them,’’ or ‘‘I can get no respect from them,’’
the meaning is quite different from that when both negative words are included in the
sentence.
Here is another example of this double negative situation. Notice the different meanings
when the negative words are included or deleted.
Two negative words in the sentence: We didn’t have no disappointments.
One negative word in the sentence:We didn’t have disappointments.
One negative word in the sentence:We had no disappointments.

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Practical English Grammar - Notes
1. compound subjects part two
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2. Quotation Marks Part Three
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3. Italics Hyphens and Brackets
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4. the participle and participial phrase
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5. the object of the preposition
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6. subject complements predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives
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7. introducing phrases
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8. Confusing usage words part three
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9. the adverb
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10. the gerund and gerund phrase
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11. the adjective clause
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12. the noun clause
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13. types of sentences by purpose
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14. the correlative conjunction
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15. compound subject and compound predicate
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16. The possessive case
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17. the indirect object
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18. complete and simple predicates
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19. types of nouns
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20. the pronoun
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21. introducing clauses
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22. Confusing usage words part one
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23. The coordinating conjunction
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24. the interjection
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25. the verb phrase
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26. the adjective
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27. the adverb clause
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28. what good writers do
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29. Sound a like words Part Two
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30. the preposition
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31. the noun
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32. singular and plural nouns and pronouns
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33. the noun adjective pronoun question
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34. the verb
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35. the adverb phrase
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36. the subordinating conjunction
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37. the adjective phrase
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38. Confusing usage words part six
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39. the infinitive and infinitive phrase
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40. personal pronouns
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41. the appositive
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42. Parentheses Ellipsis Marks and Dashes
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43. The nominative case
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44. Second Capitalization List
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45. compound complex sentences
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46. complete and simple subjects
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47. Periods Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
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48. Commas Part One
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49. First Capitalization List
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50. The verb be
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