Examples of Double Negatives 



Examples of Double Negatives :



An Adverb is placed first in a sentence…

(a) When it is intended to qualify the whole sentence…

(b) When it is used very emphatically…

1. Luckily no one was inside when the roof fell in.
2. Down went the Royal George with all her crew complete. (Cowper)

ONLY

The meaning of a sentence depends upon the position of this word.

. (a) Only he promised to read the first chapter of that book.

Here ONLY qualifies the Pronoun HE. He alone, and no one else, promised to read the first chapter.

(b) He only promised to read the first chapter of that book.

Here ONLY is an Adverb qualifying the Verb PROMISED and the meaning is that he merely or only promised, but did not keep the promise.

(c) He promised only to read the first chapter of that book.

That is…he did not promise to study, analyse or remember, but only to read. Here ONLY is an Adverb qualifying the Verb READ.

(d) He promised to read only the first chapter of that book.

That is….he promised to read nothing more than the first chapter. Here ONLY is an Adverb qualifying the Adjective THE FIRST.

(e) He promised to read the first chapter of that book only (or only of that book).

That is…he promised to read the first chapter of no other book but that. Here ONLY is an Adverb qualifying the phrase OF THAT BOOK.

Double Negative

A sentence which is intended, not to affirm, but to deny something, must contain only one word or phrase to express the denial. If two negatives are used, the second destroys the effect of the first and makes the sentence affirmative. Thus not unworthy of a prize means worthy of a prize.

1. He is not unworthy of prizes. (Incorrect)
2. He is unworthy of prizes. (Correct)

1. I cannot walk no further today. (Incorrect)
2. I cannot walk any further today. (Correct)

1. That will not stop him…nothing never did. (Incorrect)
2. That will not stop him…nothing ever did. (Correct)

1. I forbade you not to enter this room. (Incorrect)
2. I forbade you to enter this room. (Correct)

1. I was not idle neither. (Incorrect)
2. I was not idle either. (Correct)

1. I don't want nothing. (Incorrect)
2. I don't want anything. (Correct)

1. I can’t find my keys nowhere. (Incorrect)
2. I can’t find my keys anywhere. (Correct)



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