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Re: Double negatives

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



Christopher Doty wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:09, Eric Koske <krenath@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Christopher Doty <suomichris@gmail.com>wrote:
>>>  In no dialect of English does "I never want no pie" mean "I always want
>>> pie."  "I never want no pie" = "I never want any pie" in Standard English.
>>
>> Um, no.
>>
>> That's common English.  We're talking about Standard English.
>
> I don't really know what you're saying here...  That "I never want no
> pie" can be used to mean "I always want pie".....???

You're both saying the same thing, but you don't realize it. Christopher 
meant that if you hear someone utter "I never want no pie," it would be 
rendered in Standard English as "I never want any pie."

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