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Is there at least one right sentence on the list?

1) You should say it to no one

2) You shouldn't say it to no one

3) You say it to no one

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    2. You shouldn't say it to anyone.
    – Chris M
    Mar 16 '17 at 4:30
  • Thanks. It seems like there're no right sentences? aren't it? And the way that you conveyed is the only way. I know that easiest way to say this sentence is above mentioned but I wanted to find some different from regular way to say it in order to diversify and emphasize it in some way if it possible and correct in terms of grammar
    – Max
    Mar 16 '17 at 4:40
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    Sentence 1 is good and sentence 3 is ok but would be better as 'You tell no one'
    – Chris M
    Mar 16 '17 at 7:37
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    It seems like there're no right sentences? aren't it? Max, you should put questions like that in your question, not in the comments down below your question. Right now, Chris M has answered your question, and there's nothing left to say on the matter.
    – J.R.
    Mar 16 '17 at 11:10
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    Both #1 and #3 are grammatically correct, but they mean different things. It's very hard to tell you which one is "right" if you don't tell us what you want it to mean.
    – stangdon
    Mar 16 '17 at 11:39
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Yes! Your first and third statements are grammatically correct.

  • No one - means nobody, can also be written as no-one.

So your first sentence means: You should say it to nobody.

As it is constructed it may convey any different emotional part of politeness, advice or a hint.

The second sentence sounds more like an order or a command. It implies more rudeness.

On the other hand as Chris M advised the better option might be:

  • You shouldn't say it to anyone.

Depending on your emotional choice the right formulation might differ.

Your third sentence: You shouldn't say it to no one.

That is a double negative which certainly implies an opposite meaning:

  • You should say it to anyone.

Double negatives are to be avoided in English and are counted to be grammatically incorrect though I personally often times ignore this myself and find some examples of using double negatives absolutely and logically correct. But this is my personal point of view.

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  • @Max Wait for more answers. Somebody might give a better explanation. Somebody might disagree with me. Mar 16 '17 at 14:33
  • Maybe you right, on the other hand, the crucial point of your answer matches other's explanations
    – Max
    Mar 16 '17 at 14:39
  • about double negatives link
    – Max
    Mar 17 '17 at 0:08

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