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Using a Double Negative

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In English, only one negative word ("no", "not", "nothing", "none", etc.) is allowed to represent a negative idea: "You don't [do not] know anything" or "you know nothing", but not "you don't [do not] know nothing". A double negative literally means a positive: "You don't know nothing" literally means "you know something". If this is not the intended meaning, use only one negative word.

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