Continued from page 1
1. Bad grammar: He can't hardly wait for his present to arrive.
Good grammar: He can hardly wait for his present to arrive.
2. Bad grammar: They didn't hardly have enough food left.
Good grammar: They hardly have enough food left.
3. Bad grammar: She isn't but a homeless little girl.
Good grammar: She is but a homeless little girl.
4. Bad grammar: They seldom ever visit us.
Good grammar: They seldom visit us.
5. Bad grammar: Because of illness, he just merely weighs one hundred and ten pounds.
Good grammar: Because of his illness, he weighs merely one hundred and ten pounds.
* Writing activity
Ok, now it's your turn to transform sentences with double negatives into grammatically correct sentences:
1. You aren't barely old enough to live on your own.
2. Why can't you hardly wait for your parents to pick you up?
3. She was so disappointed because she couldn't go neither.
4. My father had to sell our car because he didn't scarcely have enough money anymore.
5. I have so much to do that I haven't ever got time to rest.
6. You aren't but a minority.
7. She just merely recalled how poor they used to be.
8. The new accountant hasn't worked here except three months.
9. The blanket didn't barely protect their shivering bodies.
10. Her daughters seldom ever visit her at hospital.
Shery is the author of the exciting new series of ebooks, SEEDS: Ideas for the Everyday (Non-Fiction) Writer. Visit http://www.seedsforwriters.com today or send a blank email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.