Questions tagged [negative-concord]

Negative concord is when a single semantic negation is expressed multiple times grammatically. It's usually limited to non-standard English: non-standard "I ain't got nothing" has two grammatical negations (-n't and no-) expressing one semantic negation, while the standard "I don't have anything" has only one grammatical negation (-n't) expressing the same idea.

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“No, of course not” vs “Of course not”

What is more correct, No, of course not or Of course not? For example if I am asked: Would you mind looking after my bag? I can answer Of course not. But if I answer No, of course not. ...
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Why did they use “didn't XXX nobody” rather than “anybody”?

https://newsday.co.tt/2018/11/29/suspect-i-didnt-kill-nobody/ Suspect: ‘I didn’t kill nobody’
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Sentence structure with a double negative

I’m having issues with a double negative sentence. Bear in mind I don't want to change the sentence structure around, I just want to know if at the end of the sentence, I put the word isn’t or is ...
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I didn't do nothing or anything

Usually when I want to deny something I will say I didn't do anything However, lately I watched some movies in which the people sometimes said I didn't do nothing They use no instead of any, like ...
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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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“ain't … nobody” or “ain't … anybody”?

I just watched a TV show and the guy says: I ain't trying to fight with nobody with a baby. So here, I can't understand the "nobody" since it make no sense to me, but it sounds like anybody, and ...
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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 about that....
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Is this an emphatic setence?

He [truck driver] held the screen door a little open. "Week–ten days," he said. "Got to make a run to Tulsa, an' I never get back soon as I think." She [waitress] said crossly, "Don't let the ...