Avoiding double negative constructions

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Avoiding double negative constructions

Double negation is grammatically incorrect: any negative proposition must only contain one negative.

Some pronouns or adverbs such as no, nothing (not anything), nobody (not anybody), never (not ever) are called negative terms. They alone express negation:
He never comes over for dinner. He doesn't ever come over for dinner.
There is nothing to worry about. There is not anything to worry about.
Nobody will work tomorrow. No employees will work tomorrow.

When negation already exists in the sentence, the following are used:
any instead of no,
anything instead of nothing,
anybody instead of nobody,
ever instead of never, etc.
He has no friends.
He doesn't have any friends.
I see nothing from here.
I can't see anything from here.
She never calls me.
She doesn't ever call me.
People never call me Mr. Cheeter...
Nobody ever calls me Mr. Cheeter...
(Nobody carries the negation)


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