57. Sentences can be transformed from affirmative (positive meaning) to negative and vice versa by using the following elements depending on the given instance. To transform these sentences to the negative form, simply add not after the auxiliary and Negative sentence examples. (positive) The knife is not blunt. This approach has a long and mostly negative history. When a sentence has double negatives, it is already considered incorrect because a negative sentence should only have one negative. He speaks Spanish. There are many ways to convert a positive sentence to a negative sentence. Same thing here: just put “did” and “not” in your sentence to make a negative sentence. (negative) 2.Use DEGREES OF COMPARISON. e.g. The knife is sharp. 193. To read transformation of sentences [ Imperative to Assertive ], click here. (+) He doesn’t speak Spanish. To make negative statements in Present Simple, we use: do not (don’t) / does not (doesn’t) + the base form of the verb (infinitive without ‘to’). 44. We dance. To make these sentences negative, we add not either immediately after the subject of the sentence, or contract it with the linking or auxiliary verb. Unlike the negative form of “yes/no” questions, the negative form of question word sentences can either be literal or be used for emphasis. Negative sentences in Present Simple. The second term is placed directly after the auxiliary. What makes you so negative about him? She will go to school. Am, is, are, was, were + adjective ————– negative and opposite word of adjective; CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR PDF. He does not speak Spanish. When the sentence is conjugated in a compound tense, the first term "ne"/"n' " is placed directly before the auxiliary, unless the verb is preceded by an object, in which case you should place "ne" before the object. Negative sentences with Did. 2 - In a sentence with an auxiliary verb: An auxiliary verb or modal helps the main verb to make a complete sentence. Download the PDF. We do not dance. We have eaten a lot. e.g. It can be can, must, may, have, should, could, will and would: I can play the guitar. You use “did” when you want to make a negative sentence in the past tense (past simple). I try to resurrect my first impression of Howard Abbott not colored by Quinn's negative appraisal. Again, we add doesn’t between the subject and the verb to make a negative sentence. 61. If you translate the Spanish negative sentences word for word, it sounds funny because an English sentence uses a helping verb to make a sentence negative even though the affirmative sentence has no helping verb. Now let’s look at third person sentences using he, she and it. 98. negative. 1.Use OPPOSITES. He speaks Spanish. 154. Making double Negative ; If the sentences are universal truth, you should make the sentences interrogative negative. Check out these examples: I didn’t see the sign. 94. In any “transformation of sentences” or “do as directed” grammar test, negative to affirmative sentence and vice versa is very common. You can use “did” for all the pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, they). 99. She could find no negative remarks about the self-made man. Double negatives change the entire meaning of a sentence fragment even to the point of making it into an affirmative one, making it quite tricky to read and understand what the sentence actually meant. Compare: The best ways are given below. (-) Notice how the letter S at the end of the verb in the affirmative sentence (because it is in third person) disappears in the negative sentence.