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it the My reaction was that it ... preferable in all three. The third is clunky either way.

I find #1 and #3 odd for logical reasons. Both sentences are idiomatic and have meanings that are unlikely to be disputed, regardless of the fact that they both contain double negatives. Logically, sentence #1 is nonsense.

1) doesn't look like a double negative to me, because the first'doesn't' applies to the pair ('come in' or 'not'), rather than to the 'not'.

3) doesn't look like a double negative either, because the 'don't comein first' is a unit with an assumed bad connotation (fail to be first), and the assumption is negated by 'doesn't matter'.

john
Whilst agreeing with what both you and Donna said, I ... Not that's it's wrong, but it seems unidiomatic to me.

Hey! We're not talking about that kind of coming.

Nor was I. *We* say 'come first' in a competition of any kind. We would rarely use 'come in first' except in a race, especially a horse race.

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Hey! We're not talking about that kind of coming.

Nor was I. *We* say 'come first' in a competition of any kind. We would rarely use 'come in first' except in a race, especially a horse race.

I understood you very well, but could not resist the straight line.

Doesn't anybody ever comment on the "come first" thing, or don't you ever think of those things down there?

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Doesn't anybody ever comment on the "come first" thing, or don't you ever think of those things down there?

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Nor was I. *We* say 'come first' in a competition ... in first' except in a race, especially a horse race.

I understood you very well, but could not resist the straight line. Doesn't anybody ever comment on the "come first" thing, or don't you ever think of those things down there?

If I go down there, I don't think a lot about other things.

Rob Bannister
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I understood you very well, but could not resist the ... or don't you ever think of those things down there?

If I go down there, I don't think a lot about other things.

Good man!

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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