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Which is appropriate? I don't know nothing about you or I don't know anything about you or I know nothing about you

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vultan answers:

Third one is best.


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P-Kasso answers:

This is the old grammatically dreaded "Double Negative" where one negative cancels out the other.

"I don't know nothing about you" means quite the opposite - if I don't know NOTHING it means I do know SOMETHING about you.

So Number One is totally wrong. Exactly like "I ain't got nothing" means I do have something.

Options 2 and 3 "I don't know anything about you" or "I know nothing about you" mean exactly the same and are interchangeable.

Use either. But don't use neither.


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