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Double Negatives in Spanish: Learn How to Use Them

by Patricia Mendez on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In other languages, such as English or French, when a sentence contains a negative expression (e.g. never or jamais), we don’t add the usual negative adverb (not in English or pas in French). Why? Because we would be creating a double negative sentence, which is incorrect in these languages. In Spanish, however, grammar works differently in this regard.

Do you want to know more? Don’t worry, after reading the explanation below you won’t be in doubt anymore. Keep on reading this article in Spanish or click here to switch to the Spanish version.

When not to use double negatives in Spanish

When words such as nunca or jamás (never), tampoco (neither), nadie (no one), and ninguno (none) precede a verb, then we don’t add the adverb no, as it occurs in other languages. For example:

Nunca hago deporte (I never do sports)

INCORRECT: Nunca no hago deporte*read more »

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La doble negación en español

by Patricia Mendez on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

En otras lenguas, como el inglés o el francés , cuando en una frase aparece una palabra que expresa negación (p. ej. never en inglés o jamais en francés), no se añade el adverbio de negación habitual ( not en inglés o pas en francés), ya que se estaría expresando una doble negación innecesaria. En español, en cambio, la gramática funciona de manera diferente en este caso… read more »

Viaje al fin del mundo: la mejor ruta en coche por la Patagonia

by Maria Martin on Friday, January 10, 2020

Como dijo Mark Twain, “ se tiene que viajar para aprender ”. En don Quijote , somos perfectamente conscientes de la importancia que tiene explorar y descubrir nuevas culturas y formas de ver el mundo, especialmente cuanto queremos aprender un idioma y llegar a dominarlo de verdad. Por este motivo, queremos dedicar la entrada de hoy a proponer una fascinante ruta en coche por la Patagonia de Chile y Argentina , un viaje para despertar todos los sentidos, además de una perfecta oportunidad para escaparte al verano y aprender español en Latinoamérica … read more »

To the End of the Earth: 8 Stops for the Best Road Trip Through Patagonia

by Maria Martin on Friday, January 10, 2020

As Mark Twain said, 'One must travel to learn’ . At don Quijote , we are perfectly aware of the importance of exploring and discovering new cultures and ways of seeing the world, especially when we want to learn a foreign language and truly master it. For this reason, we want to dedicate today's blog post to propose a fascinating road trip through the Patagonia of Chile and Argentina , a trip to awaken all the senses, as well as a perfect opportunity to escape winter and learn Spanish in Latin America. … read more »

What Is the Difference Between 'poco' and 'un poco'?

by Patricia Mendez on Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Spoiler: same as ‘little’ vs ‘a little’ Our latest post about Spanish language talked about quantifiers such as mucho, bastante, demasiado and poco . In today’s article, we are going to go over the differences between poco and un poco when used with uncountable nouns… read more »

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