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Isn’t/ haven’t/ don’t etc. (Negatives)

We use not (n’t) in negative sentences:

 

Positive                                     Negative

 

VerbContractionExample
AmAm not (‘m not)I’m not full
IsIs not (isn’t or ‘s not)It isn’t damp.
AreAre not (aren’t or ‘re not)They aren’t next.
WasWas not (wasn’t)She wasn’t tired.
WereWere not (weren’t)We weren’t interested.
Have Have not (haven’t )I haven’t finished writing.
Has Has not (hasn’t)Sarah hasn’t lent a hand.
WillWill not (won’t)Lola won’t lead her team.
CanCannot (can’t)I can’t be bothered.
CouldCould not (couldn’t)Bella couldn’t make it.
Must Must not (mustn’t)She mustn’t see the prize.
ShouldShould not (shouldn’t)You shouldn’t feel down.
wouldWould not (wouldn’t)I wouldn’t like to see her.

 

 

Don’t/ doesn’t/ didn’t :


Present simple negative :

I/ We/ You/They: Do not (Don’t)

He/She/It: Does not (Doesn’t)

 

Positive                                Negative

 

ExampleExample
They came to listen yesterday.They didn’t come to listen yesterday.
We played the drums.We didn’t play the drums.
Debby shared her drink with us.Debby didn’t share her drink with us.
Oliver plays the violin and banjo.Oliver doesn’t play the violin and banjo.
My grandma likes retirement.My grandma doesn’t like retirement,
I want to travel the world.I don’t want to travel the world.

 

 

The verb ‘do’ can sometimes act as the main verb in a sentence. (doesn’t do/ didn’t do/ don’t do)


 

Do something for lunch today.                 Don’t do anything for lunch today.

Lily does a lot for the community                     Lily doesn’t do much for the community

I did what was asked                       I didn’t do what was asked.

 

Don’t …

Help!                    Don’t help me!

Play with me.                    Don’t play with me.

 

 

Isn’t/ haven’t / don’t etc (Negatives) Exercises..


 

Make these positive statements negative by changing the verb or adding a negative verb.

 

  1. I did the shopping for tonight’s dinner. ………I haven’t done the shopping for tonight’s dinner…………………….. (Example answer) ………………………….

  2. My Grandad lives in Norway. …………………………………………………………………

  3. Leave me alone ……………………………………………………………………………………..

  4. It’s going to be a warm summer in Spain this year. ……………………………….

  5. I’ve had lunch at school today ………………………………………………………………

  6. I enjoy reading to my brother ……………………………………………………………

 

Make these sentences negative.

 

  1. They were all devastated………………………………………………………………

  2. He aims to learn how to dive ………………………………………………………………….

  3. Last year, there was a lot of snow………………………………………………….

  4. I believe in your work …………………………………………………………………………….

  5. Lisa was allowed to attend the gathering ……………………………………………..

 

Complete these sentences with the correct verb such as aren’t/ haven’t/ weren’t/don’t etc.

 

  1. Although I lived with my grandma last year, I ………………………. anymore.

  2. Wow the time has flown by so fast. I …………….. looking at the time.

  3. I was reading the newspaper yesterday, I …………………………. read it in a long time.

  4. Jane was invited to party yesterday, but she ……………………………… go to it because she has a dentist appointment.

  5. Someone went through my drawer last week, I still …………………………… know who it was.

  6. Ian you have to wait in line for the ride, it …………………………….. our turn yet.

  7. Warren and I went to a sushi restaurant last night, I …………………………. like it very much.

  8. I have been to France many times since 2003, but I ……………………………. been to Spain before.

 

 

Below are some questions with a yes or no response given by Harry. You need to complete the last column in which you have to give a positive or negative sentence/response where appropriate about Harry.

 

Question

Answer

Your response

Were you born in Newcastle?

No

Harry wasn’t born in Newcastle.  (Example Answer)

Do you live in Newcastle?

Yes

 

Do you enjoy the attractions Newcastle has to offer?

No

 

Have you been to university?

Yes

 

Have you passed your driving test?

Yes

 

Have you got a car?

No

 

Are you interested in sports?

No

 

Do you enjoy meeting new people?

Yes

 

Have you travelled to Holland before?

No

 

Are you married?

No

 

 

 

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