English as an Additional Language/Negatives

English forms negatives in the Simple Present using not.

The verb to be is special. Here is the negative form for it.

  • I am from Canada. - I am not from Canada.
  • She is from Finland. - She is not from Finland.
  • She is from Finland. - She isn't from Finland
  • She is from Finland. - She's not from Finland.

All other verbs use don't (do not) or doesn't (does not) to form negatives:

  • I play football. - I do not play football.
  • I play football. - I don't play football.
  • She likes jazz. - She does not like jazz.
  • She likes jazz. - She doesn't like jazz.