Does A Double Positive Equal A Negative?

Fun with English Grammar


A linguistics professor was lecturing his class.

“In English,” he explained, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However,” the professor continued, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”


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Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing. - Robert Benchley

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One day he told his mother a dirty joke and she washed his hands out with soap. - Red Skelton


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17-Oct-2017