Never give up tattoo

Sorry, we have removed the viral photo that was here that showed someone with a tattoo on their arm saying:
– Never don’t give up – 

(If you google it, you will be able to find it)


This is why learning grammar is important…

What’s wrong with this tattoo?
It’s says “Never don’t give up”.

It is grammatically incorrect!
It should say either:

  • Never give up … OR
  • Don’t give up

We almost never use two negative words together, in this case the Never with Don’t.

Remember since it is in the Imperative (giving an order, telling someone what to do), we don’t use the subject (pronoun).

Oh, if you ever get a tattoo in another language, make sure you get a native speaker to check that it’s done correctly.


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5 Responses to “Never give up tattoo”

  1. Dat 31 October, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Hi, In my language, if we use 2 negative words together, it will become a positive word.
    So, Never don’t give up = give up.

    • woodward 3 November, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      That’s exactly what happens in English too. Two negatives = a positive.

      • Dat 5 November, 2012 at 8:18 am #

        Uhm… so what about 3 negatives?. I’ve never heard someone say that?.

        • woodward 8 November, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

          I don’t recall anyone using three negatives either unless it is repetition used as exaggeration (though this is rare).
          e.g. I never, never, never ever go to bed early.

          • Dat 8 November, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

            exactly. Thank you.

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