||I Don't Go, Etc.
Here are some of the most common errors using the present simple negative. The correct form is given first:
- I do not speak English very often.
- I speak not English very often.
- My friend does not do his homework so he has poor grades.
- My friend not do his homework so he has poor grades.
- My friend do not do his homework so he has poor grades.
- To make negative statements, use the auxiliary verb do/does in the following order:
- SUBJECT + DO/ DOES + NOT + BASIC VERB FORM
Use do with I, you, we, they.
Use does with he, she, it and individual people or things.
- You are not a member.
- You don't be a member.
- He cannot come in. He is not a member.
- He don't can come in. He is not a member.
Do not use do / does with the verb to be and the modal verbs: must, can, should, may..
- Why don't you come with us?
- Why you don't come with us?
Negative questions are similar to affirmative questions.
The auxiliary verb do / does becomes don't / doesn't.
You can also put not after the subject, but this is less common: "Why do you not come with us?"
- It isn't cold so you don't need gloves.
- It is'nt cold so you dont need gloves.
To form contractions you must replace the dropped vowel (here = o) with an apostrophe.