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Guest:the sentence "I didn't do nothing" means
1. I did do it?
2. I did not do it?
which one is right?
and where does this usage come from?
Approved answer (verified by Mister Micawber)
"I didn't do anything" or
"I did nothing"
So (2) is the correct answer.
Person A: You did nothing all day!
Person B: I most certainly didn't do nothing all day!
In this case "I didn't do nothing" means "I did something".
matthewg"I didn't do nothing" is a double negative, probably with American origins. The phrase involves a contradiction of the intended meaning, and should be worded so:Gosh, do you think that Chaucer and Shakespeare were American, too?
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