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IRREGULARITIES. Double negative

Double Negative.--Many irregularities may be explained by the desire of emphasis which suggests repetition, even where repetition, as in the case of a negative, neutralizes the original phrase:

“First he denied you had in him no right.

“You may deny that you were not the cause.

“Forbade the boy he should not pass these bounds.

No sonne, were he 1 never so old of yeares, might not
marry.” ASCH. 37.

This idiom is a very natural one, and quite common in E. E.

Double Comparative and Superlative. See Adjectives, 11.

1 The use of "never so" is to be explained (as in Greek, θαυμαστὸν ὅσον) by an ellipsis. Thus-- Though ne'er so richly parted (endowed). E. out &c. iii. 1. means--"Though he were endowed richly--though never a man were endowed so richly."

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