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double negative in Spanish


How do you say: I don't want nothing. (that is, I want something other than nothing, but specifically not nothing).

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    Jaja, that is indeed an interesting question, since double negative words don't cancel each other. What I would use is: "No es que no quiera nada", negating the statement "No quiero nada", to make "it's not true that I don't want anything". Subjuntive is used because the main verb is negated and it's a desire.

    Hope this helped.


    Pregunta complicada porque le da la vuelta a la lógica.
    Realmente la expresión es "quiero algo", porque "no quiero nada" significa (traducido a la lógica de tu idioma "sí quiero nada"). Pero "quiero algo" no consigue reflejar el matiz que tú quieres. Sería algo así como " no no quiero nada", que es imposible, o "quiero algo distinto de nada" que para nosotros es absurdo.
    Quizás la solución sea "quiero algo, no nada"

    No quiero quedarme sin nada.

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