"I have nothing in my bag."

Translation:Non ho niente nella mia borsa.

July 27, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhino-au

I assumed "ho niente nella mia borsa" was enough as I wanted to avoid the double negative of saying "I do not have nothing in my bag".

However this link may help explain that double and even tripple negatives are the norm and that 'non' should be included: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare141a.htm

August 5, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grasshopher

Thank you for providing this information.

November 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annwolfe624

Since the persons agree I/my, why couldn't it be Non ho niente in borsa. ?

July 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/everwik

In Portuguese is normal double negative too

March 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chris.stan2

I don't understand! Non ho niente ..... I do NOT have nothing/anything. The statement is I HAVE = Io ho or Ho. Yet both those choices are wrong? Ugh!

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pinkfreud

In English, a double negative cancels out the negation, but in Romance languages it, in fact, stresses the negation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_negative

February 24, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tko209

I understand that this is true, but it raises the question:

How WOULD one say that they "don't have nothing"? There are times when emphasizing the lack of a negative is important. "I may not have much, but I don't have nothing. I should be thankful". Is there a way to express this?

March 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyLeu1

Non ho neinte nella bolsa mia,,,,is also correct.

May 18, 2014
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