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Forming negatives in English is not difficult. We just need to remember a couple of main rules.
- We almost always use an auxiliary verb, also known as a helping verb.
- We form the negative by adding "NOT" to the auxiliary verb.
There are a few other things to consider, but they are all related to the two main rules above. First, we need to realize that some affirmative sentences already have auxiliary verbs. These sentences are usually sentences with the verb "BE" or with MODALS.
- He IS writing a letter.
- We ARE going to the party.
- He CAN speak Spanish.
- They MIGHT fly to Madrid.
To form negative sentences with these verbs, simply add "NOT" after the auxiliary verb.
- He IS NOT writing a letter.
- We ARE NOT going to the party.
- He CANNOT speak Spanish.
- They MIGHT NOT fly to Madrid.