Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 10:37:31 +0200

From: Liudmila Kostiukevich lvk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USM.MD

Subject: Re: one as a pronoun?

That is absolutely right. In Russian two negatives can be used without

making meaning of the sentence positive. Moreover, the use of two

negetives are very often and they even strenghten the negation.


On Thu, 13 Nov 1997, Duane Campbell wrote:

At 10:08 AM 11/12/97 +0200, you wrote:

As a foriegner (Russian-speaker) I can only add that the form is rather

popular with us as it allows us to follow the patterns of our language. In

Russian you can build sentences without subject in Passive.

I am told that in Russian two negatives do not make a positive. This was

recently related in the following story:

An English prof was explaining that in English two negatives make a

positive, but in Russian they do not. But in no language do two positives

every make a negative. To which one of the students replied, "Yeah. Right."

Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]