Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning

I don't know the meaning of that sentence. I searched "never do without doing". That means you should do something, but I can't get it.


It is an idiom: to go without (something). Try searching for go without, not do without.


A week is a long time to go without eating.

I have never gone so long without eating.

How long can someone go without water?

Your sentence means, "Gryffindors have been losing for a long time: their longest time ever."

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  • Sorry. I can't understand. I think double negative means postive. So I think Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning means Gryffindors have gone so long with winning. – user104857 Nov 22 '19 at 13:57
  • Yes, in most sentences a double negative means a positive. BUT... "to go without" is an idiom. An idiom is defined as "a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words." For example, I sometimes say, " I was over the moon". It means I was delighted. I was NOT literally over the moon! So your sentence has no double negative! It has one negative (never) and one idiom (to go without). "Without" is part of the idiom, and as I said, the meaning of an idiom cannot be deduced from the meanings of the individual words. – Old Brixtonian Nov 23 '19 at 0:21
  • Please read my original answer carefully. I have told you what the sentence means. Your own meaning is wrong. The meaning I gave you is correct. I will try again. . . "For the longest period ever, Gryffindors have lost every match they've played." A more conversational version would be "Gryffindors haven't won a match for ages", but this doesn't mention that their failure has lasted an unprecedentedly long period of time. – Old Brixtonian Nov 23 '19 at 0:48
  • Thank you! I read your comment again and understood it. – user104857 Nov 24 '19 at 10:08
  • @user104857 I'm so glad! Good! Thanks for letting me know. By the way, welcome to English Language Learners! – Old Brixtonian Nov 24 '19 at 16:18

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