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Sentence Correction: Double Negative and Redundancy

Which of the following sentences uses a double negation and would therefore be eliminated as an answer choice in the GMAT?

1. The James Bond films seldom do not use villains in their story-lines.

2. Absolutely nothing can cause me to disbelieve Quantum Physics.

Good!

The words seldom and not are both negation words, creating a double negation mistake in sentence 1. It is grammatically incorrect to use more than one negation word in a clause. For example:

Incorrect: Seldom has he not seen seen his mother on weekends.

On the other hand, in sentence 2, disbelieve is not a negation word. Therefore, the combination of nothing + disbelieving does not create a grammatically incorrect sentence. Here's an example:

Correct: Nothing has ever made me this disbelieving.

Note that words that begin with un- (e.g., unhappy, unhealthy), in- (e.g., inaccurate, insane), dis- (e.g., disappear, disbelieve), etc. are NOT negation words.

Not quite.

The words seldom and not are both negation words, creating a double negation mistake in sentence 1. It is grammatically incorrect to use more than one negation word in a clause. For example:

Incorrect: Seldom has he not seen seen his mother on weekends.

On the other hand, in sentence 2, disbelieve is not a negation word. Therefore, the combination of nothing + disbelieving does not create a grammatically incorrect sentence. Here's an example:

Correct: Nothing has ever made me this disbelieving.

Note that words that begin with un- (e.g., unhappy, unhealthy), in- (e.g., inaccurate, insane), dis- (e.g., disappear, disbelieve), etc. are NOT negation words.

The correct answer is sentence 1.

The words seldom and not are both negation words, creating a double negation mistake in sentence 1. It is grammatically incorrect to use more than one negation word in a clause. For example:

Incorrect: Seldom has he not seen seen his mother on weekends.

On the other hand, in sentence 2, disbelieve is not a negation word. Therefore, the combination of nothing + disbelieving does not create a grammatically incorrect sentence. Here's an example:

Correct: Nothing has ever made me this disbelieving.

Note that words that begin with un- (e.g., unhappy, unhealthy), in- (e.g., inaccurate, insane), dis- (e.g., disappear, disbelieve), etc. are NOT negation words.

I don't know

sentence 1
sentence 2