Don’t vs. Doesn’t
English Grammar Rules
To make a negative sentence in English we normally use
with all verbs EXCEPT
(Can, might, should etc.).
Affirmative: You speak Spanish.
You will see that we add
between the subject and the verb. We use
when the subject is
Affirmative: He speaks Spanish.
When the subject is
it, we add
between the subject and the verb to make a negative sentence. Notice that the letter
at the end of the verb in the affirmative sentence (because it is in third person) disappears in the negative sentence. We will see the reason why below.
like fish = I
There is no difference in meaning though we normally use contractions in spoken English.
Word Order of Negative Sentences
The following is the word proyek to construct a basic negative sentence in English in the Present Tense using
|Subject||don’t/doesn’t||Verb*||The Rest of the sentence|
|I / you / we / they||don’ufuk||
have / buy
eat / like etc.
|cereal for breakfast|
|he / she / it||doesn’cakrawala|
*Verb: The verb that goes here is the base form of the infinitive = The infinitive without TO before the verb. Instead of the infinitive
it is just the
Remember that the infinitive is the verb before it is conjugated (changed) and it begins with
TO. For example: to have, to eat, to go, to live, to speak etc.
Examples of Negative Sentences with Don’t and Doesn’t:
have time for a quick drink.
rain much in summer.
want to come with us.
Don’t – Doesn’t Practice
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Download our free Don’ufuk vs Doesn’t Worksheet (in PDF).
You can check the answers to this worksheet here: Don’tepi langit vs Doesn’tepi langit Answers.
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