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Please rephrase this sentence for me without the double negative.

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lilibet Wed 10-Oct-12 09:14:35

"he didn't notice that she wasn't wearing perfume"


Technoprisoners Wed 10-Oct-12 09:16:15

It isn't a double negative.

Katisha Wed 10-Oct-12 09:16:33

He didn't notice her lack of perfume?

annalovesmrbates Wed 10-Oct-12 09:16:49

He didn't notice her lack of perfume?

PurplePidjin Wed 10-Oct-12 09:17:05

He was oblivious to the fact that she was wearing no perfume


imperialstateknickers Wed 10-Oct-12 09:17:27

Techno's right. Makes perfect sense just as it is.

ShowOfBloodyStumps Wed 10-Oct-12 09:19:21

It's hardly surprising. DH wouldn't notice if I shaved my head.

megandraper Wed 10-Oct-12 09:20:28

Wouldn't a double negative be 'He didn't not notice perfume' or 'She had not no perfume'. I don't think your sentence is a double negative. But you're right, it could be better phrased to be clear - as some posters have already shown.

'He was unaware that she was not wearing perfume.'

Technoprisoners Wed 10-Oct-12 09:28:40

The term 'double negative' refers to the use of two negatives for one verb.

Your sentence has two verbs, 'notice' and 'wearing' and is grammatically correct. A double negative (i.e. grammatically incorrect) would read: 'He didn't notice that she wasn't wearing no perfume.'

HecateLarpo Wed 10-Oct-12 09:31:54

It isn't. He just didn't notice something about her. He didn't not notice something about her, which would mean that he did notice something.

he didn't not notice that she wasn't wearing perfume.

lilibet Wed 10-Oct-12 09:40:03

Thank you

I was right :-)

HecateLarpo Wed 10-Oct-12 09:46:31

grin are you going to gloat. Who were you arguing about it with?

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