Negatives
What is the negative form of 'everybody'?

Negatives

Negative expressions are the opposite of affirmative expressions: 'He doesn't like poodles'; 'She likes poodles'. It's very important to be able to form the negative of a given affirmative word or expression. By the way, when you do this quiz it may help to think of 'negative' as synonymous with 'opposite' in some of these questions.

You should be familiar with negative expressions such as:

  • We mustn't
  • They shouldn't
  • He can't

This 11-plus English quiz will test you on finding a negative expression from a positive one. See if you can get top marks.

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  1. What is the negative form of 'does'?
    'doesn't' can also be written as 'does not'. 'don't = do not' (separate words)
  2. What is the negative form of 'will'?
    'won't' = will not' (separate words)
  3. What is the negative form of 'did'?
    'didn't = did not' (separate words)
  4. What is the negative form of 'both...and..'?
    In order to exclude two objects (both A and B), you must use 'neither ... nor ...' which excludes both objects: neither A nor B
  5. What is the negative form of 'should'?
    'shouldn't = should not' (separate words)
  6. What is the negative form of 'everything'?
    'everything' is absolute - so only 'nothing' will do
  7. What is the negative form of 'all'?
    'All' is absolute in meaning - so only 'none' will do
  8. What is the negative form of 'everybody'?
    'everybody' is absolute in meaning - so only 'nobody' will do
  9. What is the negative form of 'always'?
    'Always' is absolute in meaning - so only 'never' will do
  10. What is the negative form of 'can'?
    'can't = cannot'. All the others are wrong. 'Can not' is also acceptable, but 'cannot' is more usual

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