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Literacy Focus

By Miss Ravenscroft

Literacy Focus

Word of the week

arctophile

noun [ahrk-tuh-fahyl]

A person who is very fond of teddy bears.


Double Negatives

The Rule: Double negatives are two negative words used in the same sentence. Using two negatives turns the thought or sentence into a positive one. Double negatives are not encouraged in English because they can be confusing but they are sometimes used in informal speech.

e.g. We didn’t see nothing.

Should be written

        We didn’t see anything.

In Shakespeare’s day, double negatives were actually considered emphatic!

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