Avoid Using Double Negatives
Using words which makes sentences negative
Although it may be OK to use double negatives in the colloquial English (i.e. everyday or street language people use when talking informally to their friends), if you use double negatives in a formal standard context, especially in an English test like IELTS, it is considered incorrect!
These words are negative in English:
Compare The Following Examples
Don’t say: I don’t know nothing.
Say: I don’t know anything. Or (I know nothing.)
Don’t say: I don’t need nobody.
Say: I don’t need anybody. Or (I need nobody.)
Don’t say: I’m not going nowhere.
Say: I’m not going anywhere. Or (I’m going nowhere.)
Don’t say: I don’t have no money.
Say: I don’t have any money. Or (I have no money.)
Don’t say: I don’t neither.
Say: I don’t either. Or (Neither do I.)
Don’t say: The keys weren’t neither in my pockets nor in the car.
Say: The keys were neither in my pockets nor in the car.
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