Double Negatives

In portuguese, it is ok to say “Não como nada.” But you cannot say “I don’t eat nothing” in English.

Here is a jingle (poem) we use to teach children not to use double negatives.

Baixe o Guia Grátis da English Live: Inglês Para Viagens e tire suas dúvidas sobre o assunto. Nele você encontrará um vocabulário para viagens, e também frases úteis para se comunicar no aeroporto, na hora de pedir informações ou quando for fazer seus passeios. Clique aqui e saiba como baixar!

Don’t ever use NOT and NEVER together.

Don’t say, “We don’t never have fun” because you’ll be using two negatives and you need to be using just one.

You will always be in trouble in your negatives are double!

From Up, Up and Away: a Book About Adverbs by Ruth Heller.

See you!
Mary Ziller from USA

Mary

Mary Ziller

I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

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