Negation- Exercises

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Exercises

Simple present – write the negation.

  1. They live in London. → For the simple present we usually need the helping verb do in the negation.
  2. We are hungry. → If the verb is a form of be, we don’t need a helping verb → we simply write not after the verb
  3. She has a cat. → For the simple present we usually need the helping verb do in the negation.|Note that the helping verb is used in the third person singular does
  4. He works a lot. → For the simple present we usually need the helping verb do in the negation.|In the third person singular, the s is removed from the full verb and added to the helping verb instead (because do ends with o, we add es).
  5. I have lunch at one o'clock. → Here, we need the helping verb do for the negation, because in this sentence have actually means eat, and is not indicating possession or belonging.

Simple past – write the negation.

  1. We went to school yesterday. → For the negation in the simple past we use the full verb in its basic form and add did not in front of it.
  2. The bus stopped at the bus stop. → For the negation in the simple past we use the full verb in its basic form and add did not in front of it.
  3. He saw you. → For the negation in the simple past we use the full verb in its basic form and add did not in front of it.
  4. They were old. → If the verb is a form of be, we don’t need a helping verb. We simply add not.
  5. Mel had a sister. → For the negation in the simple past we use the full verb in its basic form and add did not in front of it.|The form have got is not common in past tenses.

Mixed tenses – write the negation.

  1. Chris was watching a film. → compound tense → not is added after the helping verb
  2. He will have played the guitar. → compound tense → not is added after the first helping verb
  3. They would have waited for you. → compound tense → not is added after the first helping verb
  4. I have written a letter. → compound tense → not is added after the helping verb
  5. She is going to call you tomorrow. → compound tense → not is added after the first helping verb