When students write, “No one doesn’t like computers!” for emphasis, bells and whistles sound:
“DOUBLE NEGATIVE ALERT!”
Instead, we must change either the noun or the verb (or both) to a positive (+).
We have to say: “Everyone likes computers!” or “No one hates computers!”
Here’s another example:
“No one shouldn’t drive sober!” must change to:
“Everyone should drive sober!” or “No one should drive drunk!”
How would you change the following double negatives? (Answers below)
- Nothing in this world doesn’t cost money.
- No one doesn’t tell lies sometimes.
- No place doesn’t have problems.
- Nobody doesn’t need friends.
- Nobody never makes a mistake.
- No hobby doesn’t become boring sometimes.
- Everything costs money. /Nothing is free.
- Everyone tells lies sometimes. / No one tells the truth all the time!
- Every place has problems. / No place is perfect.
- Everyone needs friends. /No one can live without friends.
- Everyone makes mistakes. / No one is perfect.
- Every hobby becomes boring sometimes. / No hobby stays interesting all the time.