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can't nobody ?? Can't nobody hold us dowm is this correct ?? Is Can't anybody correct ??
May 30, 2013 12:02 AM
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"Can't anybody" is grammatically correct, but you will hear "can't nobody" in some dialects of English. As a second language learner, you should use the grammatically correct version.
May 30, 2013
Think of can't (cannot , can not) as negative. Nobody is also negative. we try to avoid double negatives. Same with all the No+(one, body, thing ...) words. Think how difficult it gets to understand with lots of Noes ... There is a famous line from an old animated film 'Bambi': "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all".
May 30, 2013
"Nobody can hold us down!" = we are the best "Can't anyone hold us down?" = is there anyone who is good enough to beat us? "nobody"= not one person, "anybody"= is there one, or some, person?"
May 30, 2013
If you explain what you mean, maybe I can help you say it correctly.
May 30, 2013
"Can't anybody" is correct. I don't understand the rest of the sentence though.
May 30, 2013
sumin
Language Skills
English, Korean
Learning Language
English