The negative form of present simple

Now we go on to the negative form of the present simple (used for routine or activities you do regularly)

The form is easy:

Subject + don’t/doesn’t + verb (bare infinitive)

I don’t know.

Mary doesn’t work.

I don’t drive

You don’t drive

He/She/It doesn’t drive

We don’t drive

You don’t drive

They don’t drive

⛔️ do not = don’t

⛔️ does not = doesn’t


Fill in the blanks with the negative form:

  1. We …… work at 3 o’clock. (finish)
  2. Mary …… Russian. (understand)
  3. I …… Italian food. (like)
  4. The company …… cars. (sell)
  5. Mike and Chris …… objects online. (buy)
  6. You…… dinner everyday. (make)
  7. The shop .…… at 6 o’clock. (open)
  8. John …… red wine. (drink)
  9. We …… home, we are at work. (to be)
  10. I …… reports for the company. (write)

Fill in the blanks with the affirmative (+) and negative (-) form of the present simple tense.

My name ……(to be +) Mark and I …… (work +) for a local company. The company …… (make +) computer parts but it …… (to be -) very popular because it is small. We …… (deliver +) our products in Spain only, so we …… (transport -) to other countries. In the future we …… (want +) to have contracts in France and Italy, but now we are small. 23 people …… (work +) for this company and they ……(come +) from 8 o’clock to 5 o’clock. We …… (have -) a big building, but a small one outside the city. People usually …… (drive -) here, they take the bus. I …… (love+) my job, but the salary isn’t good.

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