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Lesson 13
present tense - negative

present tense -- negative

To make a present tense verb negative, add a helping verb, do or does.  This is an important skill to master because if you make a mistake with the negative, it’s very noticeable. 

 

  • This car doesn’t need any gas. 
  • Henry doesn’t like his job.  
  • I don’t go to be early. 
  • The students don’t  know the answer to the question. 

13a. the present tense - negative ✍🏾

do + not + the main verb

The main verb is in the simple form. 

The verb “do” is the helping verb. 

singular

I do not work.  

You do not work. 

He does not work. 

She does not work. 

It does not work. 

 

plural

We do not work.  

You do not work. 

They do not work.

helping verb = do or does

negative = not

main verb = work

The main verb is in the simple form. 

13a. Examples

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He does not work every day.

He doesn’t do much work. 

Some people do not work every day.  

Some people don’t do much work. 

 

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This old computer does not work any more. 

 Some old computers do not work because they are so old.  

 

13b. the present tense -
negative contractions ✍🏾

To form a contraction: 

do + not = don’t 

does + not = doesn’t 

singular

I don’t work.  

You don’t work. 

He doesn’t work.

She doesn’t work.

It doesn’t work. 

 

plural

We don’t work.  

You don’t work.  

They don’t work. 

Most people use contractions when speaking English. 

13b. Examples

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He doesn’t work every day.

Some people don’t work

 

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This old computer doesn’t work. 

 Some old computers don’t work because they are so old.  

 

present tense negative (PDF)

present tense negative


Part A – Directions: Form the present tense negative for each verb provided.  Use contractions.  

  1. I ____________________ a coat today. (need) 
  2. My sister ____________________ her teacher. (like) 
  3. It ____________________ very long to get there. (take) 
  4. We ____________________ on the weekends. (work) 
  5. These shoes ____________________ very well. (fit) 
  6. He ____________________ happy about his job. (seem) 
  7. The trees in my backyard ____________________ healthy. (look) 
  8. You ____________________ to school early enough. (get) 
  9. I ____________________ how to speak Spanish. (know) 
  10. She ____________________ sugar on her cereal. (put) 

Part B – Directions: Form the present tense negative for each verb. Notice that some verbs are the verb “be.” 

  1. He ____________________ a ride home. (have) 
  2. We ____________________ on the ocean. (be) 
  3. The mail ____________________ until later in the day. (come) 
  4. The book ____________________ on the table. (be) 
  5. The lessons ____________________ very difficult. (be)
  6. The ketchup bottle ____________________ a cap. (have) 
  7. The stores ____________________ until 9:00 a.m. today. (open)
  8. Mary ____________________ in that apartment anymore. (live) 
  9. Our neighbors ____________________ a lot of noise past 10 p.m. (like)
  10. I ____________________ here on Sunday. 

In Lesson Fourteen,  you will learn how to form questions in the present tense. 

 

 

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