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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: This phrase contains a double negative, or a comma may be missing.
Category: Grammar (ID: GRAMMAR)
Link: https://languagetool.org/insights/post/double-negatives/
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • There wasn't nobody there.
    Correction suggestion: anybody, , nobody
  • There wasn't nowhere where we could find red chili paste.
    Correction suggestion: anywhere, , nowhere
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • As an example, i was looking into why my HSM100 wasn't working reading all the threads on it- there are a couple where people were complaining about how the device “only report motion” and not no motion.
  • Shen Hui also states that true emptiness is not nothing, but it is a "Subtle Existence" (miao-yu), which is just "Great Prajña.
  • i am not able to install terminal_plus package.every time i tried to install it got failed.i don't no why
  • Harmonium debuted outside the top 20 on the US Billboard 200, and sales fell considerably short of those of Carlton's debut album, Be Not Nobody (2002).
  • However, Hegel interprets not-A as not existing at all, not nothing at all, which cannot be conceived, but indeterminate or "pure" being without particularity or specificity.
  • There ain't nobody there.
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ID: DOUBLE_NEGATIVE [16]
Version: 6.5-SNAPSHOT (2024-06-22 22:33:07 +0200)