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Joined: August 29th, 2002, 1:56 pm

March 30th, 2012, 2:30 pm #81

"Can somebody not please stop him?!?!"

And you give ME shit for sentence structure ED?

Not only is that incomprehesible, it's a double negative.

For that, I sentence you to listen to the latest Justin Beiber album for three hours straight.
Double negatives are sometimes used for reinforcing a point of view, rather than negating the negative.

So don't be giving me no Beiber, dude.
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Arwen
Arwen

March 30th, 2012, 2:30 pm #82

It's not a double negative. It's awdward, but it's not that.
ED, just don't open the thread?
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Joined: August 29th, 2002, 1:56 pm

March 30th, 2012, 2:31 pm #83

Is that a question, Arwen?
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Joined: May 7th, 2002, 12:38 pm

March 30th, 2012, 2:31 pm #84

It's not a double negative. It's awdward, but it's not that.
Can someone not please stop him.

Can someone please not stop him?

He will not be stopped.


I think it's abiguous. I know it could also parse down to "Can not someone please stop him?" but it's also logical to read it the other way, thus half of the viable interpretations of the sentence are that it's a double negative.

Can I get a strunk and white ruling please? Anny? CAN SOMEONE NOT GIVE ME A WHUT-WHUT?
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March 30th, 2012, 2:33 pm #85

Alternatively, Squid, you could just suck my fat one.
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March 30th, 2012, 2:35 pm #86

Double negatives are sometimes used for reinforcing a point of view, rather than negating the negative.

So don't be giving me no Beiber, dude.
Also I had to look up "Strunk and White". Because I was really gonna get THAT reference!
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AnonoAnnoy
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March 30th, 2012, 2:39 pm #87

It's passive voice and awkward structure, but there has to be 2 negatives in it to be a double negative. There's not.
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Arwen
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March 30th, 2012, 2:39 pm #88

Is that a question, Arwen?
It should be more of a strong suggestion

I never understand people that open a thread they know the contents of and post that they don't like the content. It baffles my mind.

85 posts on a thread and you couldn't figure out the pattern and just ignore it?
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March 30th, 2012, 2:41 pm #89

It's passive voice and awkward structure, but there has to be 2 negatives in it to be a double negative. There's not.
You tell him, Anon.

I've always liked Anons.

That Squidboy is a bounder, a cheat, a cad, and a carpetbagger!
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March 30th, 2012, 2:42 pm #90

It should be more of a strong suggestion

I never understand people that open a thread they know the contents of and post that they don't like the content. It baffles my mind.

85 posts on a thread and you couldn't figure out the pattern and just ignore it?
But if I ignored the thread now, I'd not be able to read all these posts by me!
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