Double negative

A "double negative" is a verb like this:

I don't got no money.

This means "I don't have any money." It's called a "double negative" because it has two negative particles:

I don't got no money.

This is a feature of English that's considered incorrect. You shouldn't use it in formal writing or speaking. And even in casual spoken English, a lot of people avoid it

However, some native speakers use it quite a bit. It's especially common in regional dialects, like in Southern English. You can also hear it in a lot of songs. One famous example is the Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)", which has the chorus "We don't need no education / We don't need no thought control."

Double negatives sound somewhat uneducated, but also down-to-earth and honest.

Should you use them? Probably not at first. When you've become really comfortable with them, and your pronunciation and intonation are good, you can use double negatives with close friends if you notice them doing it.

Here are some more examples of double negatives:

You can't tell him nothing.

I ain't no fool.

She ain't going nowhere.


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