I ain't got no problem with negative concord. Do you?

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I'm not talking about using a construction like that in formal writing, but in your own native variety of English, do you use double negatives? Is my meaning obscured by the presence of a double negative, as Bishop Lowth tried to argue?

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I find it can be helpful in creating distinct dialogue between characters if one does, and the other does not. It allows me to use fewer dialogue tags when a reader knows that Jim-Bob says, "I ain't got no..." while Mr. Anderson says, "I would never..."

 

But then again, I'm a fiction writer, and character is character.

link comment answered Jan 19 '13 at 05:17 Tony Proano Expert

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