Subject and Object. Double Negative - Ingles -Word

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Subject and Object: 

The subject is the person or thing doing something or the element that agrees with the verb, and the object is having something done to it.

Just remember the sentence I love you.
I is the subject of the sentence. You is the object of the sentence.

Double Negative:

A double negative is usually produced by combining the negative form of verb (e.g., cannot, did not, have not) with a negative pronoun (e.g., nothing, nobody), a negative adverb (e.g., never, hardly) or a negative conjunction (e.g., neither/nor).

  • Behind the loud weaving machine we could not hardly hear each other's voices.... we could hardly hear each other's voices.
  • I cannot help but think that capitalism is about to fall.…I cannot help thinking that capitalism is about to fall.
  • Without hardly a warning, the nobles fenced in their lands for grazing.…With hardly a warning, the nobles ...
  • I didn't see nothing.
  • I did not have neither her address nor her phone number. I hadn’t GOT her address and her phone number.
  • It wasn't uninteresting. It was uninteresting.
  • She is not unattractive. She isn’t attractive.

A double negative gives the sentence a positive sense. (e.g., "I didn't see nothing" is similar in meaning to "I saw something.") A double negative is not always an error.  The latter two examples, meaning "It was interesting." and "She is attractive.", are fine.

Using the rule explained above in the box and the list of negative words given, study the following examples:
Positive Construction
negative + negative
I hardly have none.
I have some.
I don't want nothing.
I want something.
Negative Construction
negative + positive
I hardly have any.
I have few.
I don't want anything.
I want nothing.

Note: The usage of double negatives is not considered proper or standard in English. On some occasions, mostly when speaking, the use of double negatives is accepted; however, you must remember that the meaning of these expressions will always be positive. 

There is one type of double negative that is considered grammatically correct and which people use to make a statement more subtle. Take a look at the following sentence:
  • I am not unconvinced by his argument.
The use of not together with unconvinced suggests that the speaker has a few mental reservations about the argument. The double negative creates a nuance of meaning that would not be present had the speaker just said: I am convinced by his argument.

Palabras Clave: Subject and Object, cannot, did not, have not, nothing, nobody, never, hardly,  neither/nor. 

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