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Negation

How to make sentences negative

QuestionAnswer
To make a sentence negative, place the word ____ before the verb. no
Ella no habla inglés. She doesn’t speak English.
Él no es profesor. He is not a professor.
When the answer to a question is negative, how many negative words are required. two ¿Habla Ud. español? (Do you speak Spanish?) No. No hablo español. (No. I don’t speak Spanish.)
¿ Está Gerardo en la clase? Is Gerardo in the class?
No. Gerardo no está en la clase. No. Gerardo is not in the class.
¿Siempre estudias? Do you always study?
No, nunca estudio. No, I never study.
Double negatives are.....? acceptable in Spanish, not acceptable in English
Unlike English, Spanish ______ normally mix negative and affirmative words. does not English Maria doesn’t need anything. NOT Maria doesn’t need nothing. Spanish María no necesita nada. NOT María no necesita algo.
Nobody speaks. Nadie habla. The negative words can be used alone, preceding the verb.
He never eats. Él nunca come. The negative words can be used alone, preceding the verb.
Alfredo doesn’t dance either. Alfredo tampoco baila. The negative words can be used alone, preceding the verb.
Created by: mtooner