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patricia
Is The paper wrote something like this"We love you".? 1. I found the paper, which read something like this"we love you.". In this sentence, can we use "write" and "say" to replace "read"?? 2. I often find in some TV dramas the sentence pattern like"My parents didn't raise no bad guys.", which seems to be a positive statement, instead, it means My parents didn't raise bad guys, a negative statement? I really don't get it. Anyone can help me? Thanks so much!
Nov 12, 2016 2:11 AM
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Technically what merrit is saying could make sense but I think it is confusing. When the sentence was spoken, it was not their intent to say "my parents raised a bad guy." It was a simple misuse of words. So yes, be aware that sometimes people will misuse those words and use a "double negative" but are not actually meaning for the two "negatives" to cancel out. Although depending on the context, someone could be intentionally doing so, I suppose.
November 12, 2016
When someone uses two negatives "didn't," and "no," this is called a double negative. In essence, they are actually cancelling out the negative. Two negatives in a sentence is a positive. The person is literally saying, "My parents raised a bad guy." haha
November 12, 2016
I'm not sure I understand your first question. But to answer your second question, the phrase "my parents didn't raise no bad guys" is just improper grammar/English. By using "didn't" (did not) there was no need to add "no" to the sentence. It would be "my parents didn't raise bad guys"
November 12, 2016
patricia
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Other), English, Japanese
Learning Language
English, Japanese