英会話のコツ:Double Negatives

In Japanese, there are sometimes complicated sentences like この事件は面白くなくはない。  This is called a double negative because the sentence contains two negative elements.  This type of grammar is not appropriate in proper English sentences.

Examples of double negatives in English:

  • That won't do you no good
  • I don't have no time to study
  • I can't find him nowhere
  • She never talks to nobody
  • There aren't no places left to hide
  • I didn't choose nothing

Corrections:

  • That won't do you any good
  • I don't have any time to study
  • I can't find him anywhere
  • She never talks to anybody
  • There aren't any places left to hide
  • I didn't choose anything

*Sometimes you might hear double negatives used in American TV shows and movies. They are commonly used, even though they are not really correct.

~ Samantha