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How to form negative verb forms

Negative verb forms are made by putting not after an auxiliary verb. If there are two auxiliary verbs, not goes after the first.

  • She has not been invited.
  • I have not forgotten that.
  • She has not come.
  • They are not interested.
  • She cannot sing. (Note that cannot is written as one word.)

If there is no other auxiliary verb, we make negatives by putting do not (contracted form: don’t) before the verb.

  • I do not like cricket. (NOT I like not cricket.)
  • She does not like him.
  • I did not want to go.

Note that do not is followed by the infinitive without to.

  • I did not go. (NOT I did not to go.)

Do is not used to form negative subjunctive structures.

  • It is important that she not create any problems. (NOT It is important that she does not create any problems.)

Do is not used with negative infinitives or –ing forms.

  • Remind me not to go there again. (NOT Remind me do not to go there again.)

Negative imperatives are made with do not / don’t + infinitive without to.

  • Do not make a noise. OR Don’t make a noise. (NOT Make not a noise.)
  • Don’t pluck flowers.
  • Don’t walk on the grass.

Do is not normally used with be. However, do can be used to make the negative imperative form of be.

  • Don’t be silly.

The negative forms of infinitives and –ing forms are made by putting not before them. Do is not used.

  • Remind him not to do that again.
  • The best thing about a computer is not complaining.
Full negative forms of the verb to be

I

am not

a singer.

He

is not

a receptionist.

She

is not

a nurse.

It

is not

my book.

We

are not

not musicians.

You

are not

a shop assistant.

They

are not

taxi drivers.
Contracted negative forms of the verb to be

I’m not

a singer.

He

isn’t

a receptionist.

She

isn’t

a nurse.

It

isn’t

my book.

We

aren’t

not musicians.

You

aren’t

a shop assistant.

They

aren’t

taxi drivers.

Complete the gaps with the negative forms of the verb to be.

Example: She  from France.

Top of Form

  1. This book  mine.
  2. Jane and Peter  married.
  3. That  right.
  4. My brother  here at the moment.
  5. We  in England.
  6. It  Monday today.
  7. Jennie’s surname  Peters.
  8. I  a hairdresser.
  9. My name  Alexander.
  10. There  many people in this class.


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