My friend came to visit me and asked If I wanted something. I wanted to tell him to not bring anything. In this context what is the the right sentence to tell him among two of the following:

a) Don't bring nothing!

b) Don't bring anything!


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Don't bring anything is the right choice. Don't bring nothing is a double negative sentence which actually translates to a positive.

  • The incorrect use of "Don't bring nothing" is a relatively common, as is "I didn't do nothing" where the intended meaning "I am innocent"
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 20:22
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    Note that if you're going to a birthday party and didn't intend to purchase the birthday boy/girl a gift, your friend saying "don't bring nothing" probably isn't a double negative. :P Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 20:37
  • @JavaLatte that is actually Americanism.
    – MAKZ
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 20:42
  • @John Clifford: it is a double negative, but it's an intentional double negative.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 21:12
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    @MAKZ: Double negatives have been a part of the English language since long before America had its current name: Chaucer (1342-1400) used them.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Mar 13, 2016 at 21:26

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