It means, be happy something good happened, instead of nothing at all I would rather stay positive and get 60 percent good results than stay negative and get.
“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” -Elbert Hubbard
A positive outlook is the thing that will keep you going when times get tough. Even debt, when viewed with a positive outlook, can be seen as a blessing. When you get out of debt, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson, you’ll be stronger. You’ll be a fighter. You’ll know that you can go into your next battle with positivity and you know that you’ll prevail.
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It's important to publish all results – both positive and negative – if researchers Positives in negative results: when finding 'nothing' means something overlooked, discouraged or simply not put forward for publication.
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A double negativeis when two negative words or
are used within a single
. Sentences with double negatives are not grammatically correct . . . and they’re confusing. That’s because double negatives cancel each other out and make a positive. So, when you use a double negative it ends up being the exact opposite of what you mean. You’ll write a stronger sentence when you put statements in a positive form.
It’s easy to fall into a double-negative trap. Here’s how to recognize and side step them.
If you use a negative noun and a negative verb, you have a double negative. Negative nouns are words such as nowhere, nothing, nobody, and no one. Here are some examples of ways to get rid of negative nouns.
I don’t want nothing can change toI don’t want anything.
She’s not going nowherecan change to She’s not going anywhere.
He never said he saw no onecan change to He never saw anyone.
is a word that changes, clarifies, qualifies, or limits another word. A double negative is formed by adding a negative to the verb and a negative modifier to the noun (or the object of the verb).
For example: We don’t have no extra chairs.
Instead, you could say “We don’t have any extra chairs.”
How would you rewrite the sentence: I didn’t want to live nowhere else? (Hint: The modifier is no again.)
Negative adverbs are sneaky negative modifiers because they aren’t “no” words. Negative adverbs are words like barely, seldom, hardly, rarely, and scarcely. Even though they don’t have “no,” they still have a negative connotation.
Take, for example, the sentence: He can’t hardly wait for the game to begin. The
meaning is “he can hardly wait for the game to begin,” (and this would be the correct way to write this sentence too!) The
meaning is “he can wait for the game.”
A common double negative (that doesn’t look like one) is the phrase cannot help but. What’s wrong with it? The “not” inside the word cannot and the “but” both express negative ideas.
The solution? Use one or the other, just not both together.
Occasionally, a double negative can be used in a subtle and indirect way to express a positive idea. A
is “a figure of speech that uses understatement to emphasize a point by stating a negative to further affirm a positive,” and they often incorporate double negatives for this effect.
You might, for example, say: “I don’t regret not going to my high-school reunion,” which really means “I’m really glad I didn’t go to the reunion.”
Double negatives are common in other languages. In fact, the English language used them too until 1762 when Bishop Robert Lowth wrote in A Short Introduction to English Grammar with Critical Notes that they were no longer acceptable.
The most well know double-negative song is the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” released in 1965. And, Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera The Wall featured these lyrics in the song “Another Brick in the Wall”:
“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control”
Then, there’s Marvin Gaye’s rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.” And, Elvis Presley, breaks all the rules with his iconic 1952 song “Hound Dog” that goes like this:
“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog”
“Hound Dog” is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll,” but it certainly didn’t set a good example for proper grammar.
Everything in life has a negative side to it. The most puzzling use of 無 with a positive meaning occurs in the term 無洗米 (musenmai), where the prefix combines with the Or, more precisely, nothing you can't undo.
- We'll do almostanythingfor our beloved animals.
The class of NPIs (Negatively-oriented Polarity-sensitive Items) includes the any class of items: any, anybody, any longer, any more (AmE anymore), anyone, anything, anywhere.
And you seem to already understand a bit on how NPIs work, in that NPIs are restricted to non-affirmative contexts (where an affirmative context is a declarative main clause in a positive environment).
But some of the items also have a "free choice sense", and so, they can occur in an affirmative context (where a NPI can't).
1.) She didn't makeanychanges. -- (NPI sense)
2.) Anychanges must be approved by the board. -- ("free choice sense")
Your example of "We'll do almostanythingfor our beloved animals" seems to be using the "free choice sense" of anything. And that is why your example is grammatical.
Examples and info were borrowed from the 2002 reference grammar by Huddleston and Pullum et al., The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL), pages 822-3.
Guide to negative structures in English for English language learners and past simple do not take an auxiliary verb in the positive form. When modifying something use either a 'no' word, or 'any' as explained in the following sections. There are a number of no words such as nowhere, nothing, no one.