There's no limit to what he won't do

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Kevin & Kell for 2/16/2013:

Among the various misnegation explanations, "negative concord" seems to fit this one best.

Note that the well-known quote from The Office, "Is there no limit to what he won't notice?", works differently.

But this example, from E. Phillips Oppenheim's "A Lost Leader", is similar:

"You don't understand his importance to us," Borrowdean declared. "This is really no light affair. Rochester and Mellors both believe in him. There is no limit to what he might not ask."

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  1. kktkkr said,

    February 16, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    Then again, "no limit to what he won't do" is probably applicable to some people.

  2. marie-lucie said,

    February 16, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    kktkkr: Bartleby comes to mind.

  3. djw said,

    February 17, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    @kktkkr: or most teenagers…or folks at that mentality level (Congress?)

  4. Michael said,

    February 18, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Wouldn't this be not just permissible but actually required in some languages (e.g. French, Hungarian, Chech)?

  5. Rod Johnson said,

    February 19, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    What won't they think of next?

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