The Rolling Stones seem to have been with us forever (you can see the mileage in their faces), and have had an endless stream of hits,
many of them instantly identifiable classics in the Rock 'n Roll charts.
While we can admire the music, we must also recognise that the lyrics are not always ideal as a basis for studying the correct use of English grammar.
In the same way that Business English has its own style and jargon, it is also true for Academic English for the writing of articles and research work at academic instituions,
Literary English for books and poetry and, yes, there is a style associated with pop, blues, jazz and rock music which includes both vocabulary and grammar.
One of the Rolling Stones biggest hits is entitled "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."
This demonstrates a grammar problem I have identified many times with non-English speakers (but also with lazy English speakers!),
who use "Double Negatives" ("can't" and "no satisfaction") in the same phrase, which is completely incorrect in accurate English.
For a fuller explanation of how to avoid this mistake (unless you are writing the lyrics for a rock band!), click the pic:
** the clip from YouTube is for educational purposes only.
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