Spanish Lesson: Double Negative in Spanish

In Spanish, double negatives are structures that contain two negative particles: the negation word NO and an adverb of denial or an indefinite pronoun. These Spanish structures aren’t only used to deny certain information, but also to emphasize the negative character of a sentence. :face_with_monocle:

Even though for many languages double negatives are grammatically incorrect, in Spanish, these types of structures are very common and necessary for correct communication. Because of that, we’ll explain what double negatives are and how you can use them properly.

Sandra no conoce a nadie en esta fiesta
[Sandra doesn’t know anyone at this party]

A nosotros no nos gusta ni el fútbol ni el básquetbol
[We don’t like either football or basketball]

As you can see in the previous examples, double negatives are formed with the word no and adverb of denial or negative indefinite pronoun. Just like simple negative sentences, double negative structures have the purpose of denying certain information, but they also emphasize it.

As its name suggests, Spanish double negatives are sentences that contain more than one negative word. Most of the times, the word no will be one of those negative words and it will be accompanied by either:

Adverbs of denial:

Negative indefinite pronouns:

Did you find it interesting? Have you ever faced the double negative in Spanish? :thinking:


Hi! :wave: Thanks for the explanation! It was very clear :blush: