Academic English: Double Negatives!
Person 1: "Beautiful day today, mate."
Person 2: "You're not wrong."
You're not wrong? What does that mean? Well, it actually means 'You're right'!
If you write in double negatives it can be difficult to understand the intended meaning. I recently read an IELTS essay that stated: "His opinion is not unlike that of the other doctors."
This is another example of a double negative. What does it mean?
A. his opinion is not like the other doctors
B. his opinion is the same as other doctors
C. he has no opinion
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Here are some more. What do they mean?
1. She is not unkind.
2. I can't disagree with you.
3. I couldn't disagree with you more.
4. We shouldn't exclude her.
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