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Are double negatives like 'he's never not been in the family' grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I'm asking this question because I was taught not to use double negatives, because they are ungrammatical and that people who use them sound uneducated. However, today here on this site I found an ...
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"I am not hungry no more." [duplicate]

If I wanted to say that I am not hungry I could leave out the "no more" so shouldn't the "no more" cancel out the "not hungry" to mean that you are hungry. However other examples, like "I don't love ...
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Is “a little party never killed nobody” correct? [duplicate]

Is this correct? It looks like double negation. I think that “little party killed nobody” or “little party never killed anybody” might be just a little bit better. This is a line from a song.
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Can it be a correct grammar? 'Don't go nowhere' [duplicate]

I heard it expressed on gotel radio station; "Don't go nowhere" can it be correct?
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Don't bring nothing vs Don't bring anything [duplicate]

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'...
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There is[n't] nowhere I'd rather be than here with you [duplicate]

A. There isn't nowhere I'd rather be than here with you. B. There is nowhere I'd rather be than here with you. Elsewhere I have read that two negatives in English destroy one another, although they ...
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Don’t do nothing stupid [duplicate]

In the movie Pulp Fiction, there is always talking like Don’t do nothing stupid. I ain’t eatin’ nothin' ain’t got sense enough to disregard its own feces. They all seem odd to me, like Don’t do ...
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"Ain't no ",Is this not a double negation [duplicate]

I have heard this song ,"Ain't no party like a chipmunk party" ,there is a negation in the word Ain't itself, why we need to use no after that .Aren't those two negations cancelling out ?
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Why were some English phrases written in double negatives when the speaker actually wants to express a single negative? [duplicate]

For example, I just saw this phrase on social media: The way 2020 going, I ain't buyin' no PS5. I mean, in this instance, I can ultimately see that what the poster actually mean is that "I ain'...
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This doesn't seem to be a double negation, does it? [duplicate]

They walked past a mossy tree stump. Harry could hear running water; there must be a stream somewhere close by. There were still spots of unicorn blood here and there along the winding path. "...
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Why should already negative sentences have 'no' in them again ? [duplicate]

I encountered a couple of sentences, mostly in American movies, that I wondered why they have something I call ' Double negatives', for example: Don't go no further (why not Don't go further) We can'...
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I never have no problem [duplicate]

I just saw this sentence and I don't know how to translate properly into spanish, due to the words "never" and "no" And another example that I saw in a song was: "We never ...
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Should I say "I don't know nothing" or "I know nothing"? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? "I don't know nothing" or "I know nothing"? The context: Question: Do you know who told him this thing? Answer: No, I don't know nothing ...
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Triple negation: what does "This ain't no place for no hero" mean?

It's a phrase from the song "Short Change Hero", and while I think I understand it (This is not a place for people who are not heroes), I find somewhat confusing the combination of all those negations;...
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Can we use two negative words in a sentence?

One told me that, we can not use two negative words in a sentence. For instance, as far as I know There is not any book here. is a true statement. It means There is no book here So please ...
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How should I interpret 'that' in this passage from 'Tom Tit Tot'?

If this girl can't spin five skeins, she will be killed by king. However, all of a sudden she heard a sort of a knocking low down on the door. She upped and oped it, and what should she see but a ...
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Is "except for not today we didn’t" correct? [closed]

Me and that Grace sit together on the school bus. Except for not today we didn't. Because today Grampa Miller drove me. (Junie B.Jones) In 2010, when I asked the meaning of the highlighted sentence ...
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the meaning of "on context"

I often use "in this context" to refer to a situation where some expressions could be used. I found lots of people use the expression. I also found lots of people use "on context". I've gone through ...
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"Ain't" negative or positive?

Dictionaries say ain't is a contracted form of am not, is not, are not, has not, or have not. The Cambridge Dictionary gives the following example sentences as well. He ain't going. "Can I ...
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meaning of "I don't know nothing"

Note: I am aware that the two negative elements cancel each other out. for example, "He is not unhappy" means "He is happy". I just want to know "I don’t know nothing" means "I know nothing" or "I ...
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She don't love you no more! (Toy Story 3)

Why did Lotso say She don't love you no more! instead of "She doesn't love you anymore" in Toy Story 3? Does he speak unusual English?
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Negation of a Negative Statement

My understanding that negating a negation is proof. like: They are not uncooperative = They are cooperative. I understand that the use of the negative statement could slightly change the meaning ...