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I was reading one of Olivia Rodrigo's interviews:

I say, ‘I've never felt this way for no one' which is completely grammatically incorrect.

Why is that incorrect? It is a part of her song, Driver's license, lyrics.

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  • Technically speaking, it's invalid because of the "double negative" (never + no-one), which should be I've never felt this way for anyone. But in practice it's not uncommon in colloquial conversational contexts, and the syntax of song lyrics isn't a usually a suitable subject for this site anyway. Jun 10 at 13:21
  • Why did you leave out the part of the sentence that explained "I also put a double negative in the song when I say,…” Do you not know that a double negative is typically viewed as ungrammatical?
    – ColleenV
    Jun 10 at 13:34
  • @ColleenV Well, I wasn't familiar with the double negative; hence I thought that's not important.
    – aminabzz
    Jun 11 at 8:44
  • If you didn’t know what a double negative was, why didn’t you look it up so you could understand the sentence?
    – ColleenV
    Jun 11 at 10:15
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Olivia was referring to the double negative, never and no. She said

"I also put a double negative in the song when I say, ‘I've never felt this way for no one,' which is completely grammatically incorrect.

Double negative is defined as the use of two negatives in the same phrase or sentence.

Cambridge Dictionary

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