You ain't no Human

What is the need of "no" here?

isn't it already meaning same without "no"?

  • Related: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/8405/aint-and-negatives?rq=1
    – pyobum
    Dec 6, 2015 at 12:06
  • This is regional dialect or transplanted regional dialect. It would be possible for a person speaking this dialect to say "I ain't got no money, I ain't never had no money." to mean that he has been scraping by for as long as he can remember. (I never tire of this example -- which I'm repeating from someone who told it to me.) It is considered "substandard/colloquial".
    – TimR
    Dec 6, 2015 at 15:20
  • The double negation is the special characteristic of this substandard variant. Without the "no" this language would not sound authentic. At a house wall: We don't want no piece of the cake, we want the whole bakery.
    – rogermue
    Dec 6, 2015 at 16:04
  • Yup, there ain't no need for no "no" here. But you can have one anyway in some varieties of English (but not formal standard English). Dec 6, 2015 at 17:20
  • @rogermue There's no such thing as a substandard variant. At all. Ever. Dec 6, 2015 at 17:21

2 Answers 2


As has been mentioned in the comments, "ain't" is non-standard English. It is therefore informal. Some dialects (such as the Southern dialect of American English) use "ain't". These dialects (including Southern) also use double-negatives as intensifiers instead of as logic puzzles.

In the original poster's example, the word "no" acts as a determiner. It therefore affects the meaning of the sentence.

The following sentence means "You are not in the category called 'human'" or "Some part of you is not made of human tissue, or is not organized the way human tissue is organized":

You ain't human.

The following sentence compares "you" to each possible individual human, and concludes that you are not one of them. It also clarifies that "you" is singular:

You ain't no human.

  • Thanks :) , How we can say this formally?
    – Grv10India
    Dec 6, 2015 at 18:10
  • @Grv10India -- It depends on what you mean. You might say, "You are an angel", or "You are despicable", or "That was a super-human effort". "You're an angel" and "You are such a devil" are informal. "You must be a robot" is informal, unless "you" literally are a robot.
    – Jasper
    Dec 6, 2015 at 19:15

It emphasises a negation.
It's a double negative. The use of negatives in this way is called a Negative Concord.

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