Is it OK to say, “I don’t want no excuses”?

You could probably get away with such a sentence in speech, but not in writing. It is quite common to hear even native speakers of English use a double negative in a sentence. We hear sentences like, “I don’t want nothing from you”, “I ain’t got no kids”, and “I don’t have no money”. Such sentences, although they are common in certain dialects of English, are considered to be non-standard. A person coming up with such sentences would be considered to be illiterate or not well educated. Even in speech, one might get away with them in very informal contexts, not in formal ones. While such sentences may be acceptable in speech they would definitely be frowned upon in writing.

S. Upendran The Hindu-KYE June 18, 2002


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