I've just heard very interesting sentence on popular TV channel. It said sth like that :

Hitler is not that kind of man. He does no wrong

I know what could that mean "He does not make mistakes" but, is this sentence correct in terms of grammar ?

I know there is something like "Do no harm" and this is acceptable because "do" behaves like "have".

e.g "I have no money"

Can somebody explain to me how these processes work ? Also there is double negative here "no wrong"

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    Wrong is not a negative.It's like saying "He makes no errors". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 25 '15 at 9:23
  • So there is nothing WRONG with this sentence ? – Justyna Nogala Jun 25 '15 at 9:30
  • The sentence is grammatical. Are you trying to say something by putting "wrong" in uppercase? "Negative" in the grammatical sense does not mean "unfavorable" or "possessing undesirable qualities", it refers to the negation of a predicate. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 25 '15 at 9:36
  • For example: "This substance is not water." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 25 '15 at 9:42
  • Well, whatever you were watching, saying Hitler does no wrong is just.. wrong. – user20827 Jun 25 '15 at 16:03

He does no wrong.

It's a perfectly grammatical sentence.

For example you say something -

He does homework.

subject -> He

Verb Phrase -> does homework [ Verb -> does and Object of the verb -> homework]

Notice the object of the verb is a noun phrase.

Your original sentence has the same structure.

He does no wrong.

Subject -> He

Verb Phrase -> does no wrong [Verb -> does and Object of the verb -> no wrong]

Object of the verb -> determiner + noun -> no + wrong


"wrong" can be a noun: a sense of right and wrong - to know right from wrong - to do wrong -to do sb a wrong - to suffer a wrong -and others.

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