|ESL BLUE(s)||Troubleshooting present simple negative|
Here are some of the most common errors using the present simple negative forms.
The correct form is given first:
|Correct Forms||Common Errors
I do not speak speak English very often.
|My friend does not do his homework so he has poor grades.
||My friend ||When the subject (here = "My friend") is third person singular, use does not (doesn't).
He cannot come in. He is not a member.
He ||Do not use the auxiliary verb (do, does) with the verb to be and the modal verbs (must, can, should, may).
||Why don't you come with us?
||Why ||A negative question is similar to an affirmative question: you reverse the order of the subject and the auxiliary (do/does) 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 ||The apostrophe (') replaces the vowel that disappears. |
It (i)s not cold = It's not cold.
It is n(o)t cold = It isn't cold.