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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)
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • She could not hardly understand a word.
    Correction suggestion: could hardly
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: DOUBLE_NEGATIVE [19]
Version: 6.5-SNAPSHOT (2024-06-11 22:33:07 +0200)