Double negative?

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Double negative?

Postby Brus » 2012-06-06, 16:47

I thought I understood the Afrikaans double negative, but ...

In the song "Pretoria", Lianie May sings "Ek vergeet nooit jou naam".

Why is it not "Ek vergeet nooit jou naam nie"?

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Re: Double negative?

Postby linguoboy » 2012-06-06, 16:51

Because it wouldn't scan properly otherwise?

You can away with a lot of things in song lyrics that wouldn't be common in ordinary speech.
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Re: Double negative?

Postby Shiba » 2012-06-07, 18:45

Yes, and yes. :)
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