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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 'always'?
sometimes
never
rarely
infrequently
'Always' is absolute in meaning - so only 'never' will do
2.
What is the negative form of 'all'?
none
a few
some
very few
'All' is absolute in meaning - so only 'none' will do
3.
What is the negative form of 'everybody'?
someone
nobody
anybody
anyone
'everybody' is absolute in meaning - so only 'nobody' will do
4.
What is the negative form of 'will'?
willnot
wont not
willn't
won't
'won't' = will not' (separate words)
5.
What is the negative form of 'did'?
didnot
did n't
didn't
diddunt
'didn't = did not' (separate words)
6.
What is the negative form of 'does'?
don't
dosen't
doesn't
does n't
'doesn't' can also be written as 'does not'. 'don't = do not' (separate words)
7.
What is the negative form of 'both...and..'?
this and that
either ... or ...
neither ... nor ...
not only ... but also ...
In order to exclude two objects (both A and B), you must use 'neither ... nor ...' which excludes both objects: neither A nor B
8.
What is the negative form of 'should'?
shouldnot
shudn't
shouldn't
should n't
'shouldn't = should not' (separate words)
9.
What is the negative form of 'can'?
can't
can n't
canot
cann't
'can't = cannot'. All the others are wrong. 'Can not' is also acceptable, but 'cannot' is more usual
10.
What is the negative form of 'everything'?
some
anything
something
nothing
'everything' is absolute - so only 'nothing' will do
Author:  Frank Evans

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