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Rule "Double negative (e.g., 'not... nothing' instead of 'not... anything')"

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Description: Double negative (e.g., 'not... nothing' instead of 'not... anything')
Message: To avoid using a double negative, consider moving 'not' inside of the infinitive construction.
Category: Grammar (ID: GRAMMAR)
Link: https://languagetool.org/insights/post/double-negatives/
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • You can't afford not to believe me.
    Correction suggestion: to not believe
  • I'm not saying not to be concerned.
    Correction suggestion: to not be
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: DOUBLE_NEGATIVE [14]
Version: 6.5-SNAPSHOT (2024-06-18 22:33:08 +0200)