CAHSEE ELA Writing: Common Errors Drill 7, Problem 3. What should replace the underlined portion of the sentence, if anything?
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Or ... maybe we should ask... what's it not not asking?
Yeah... a couple of our answers are vacationing in Double Negativeville.
A nice place to visit, but we wouldn't not want to live there...
In A, we've got "hadn't not done." One too many negatives. Scratch it.
The verb tense is screwy in B, so that one's off our list.
It really should be, "She HAD done nothing."
But, as is, Mary's coming across a little bit like Huck Finn.
The "hadn't done nothing" in the original sentence is a double negative, too, so we
can't very well leave the sentence as is, either.
C is the only one that works. Note how they cleverly replaced nothing -- a negative -- with
ANYTHING... which is only slightly more positive.
Answer is C.
As in, "Can't not love not living there."