Structures: negative phrases


She hasn't answered yet

We usually make verbs negative by using the verb to be or an auxiliary (e.g. do, should) + not + verb. In informal contexts, we contract the phrase (e.g. do not = don't):

  • I do not/don't like carrots.
  • They have not/haven't arrived yet.
  • We will not/won't be there.
  • You really should not/shouldn't do that.

Here are some of the words commonly used before not to form negative phrases: can, do, be, will, would, should, have.