tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Nov 30 12:49:00 2009
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Re: Double negatives
Christopher Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Whew, okay. I thought he was saying that the double negative means
the affirmative... Which would be silly.
On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:41, David Trimboli <email@example.com> wrote:
> Christopher Doty wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:09, Eric Koske <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Christopher Doty <email@example.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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