Negation for beginners

Negation is the act of making a term, phrase, or clause negative or opposite. In this article, you will learn how to make negations.

What Is Negation in English Grammar?

What Is Negation?

If your teacher thinks you cheated on your exam and you say that you did not, what you said is called negation.

Two Negative Words

Here, we will learn two basic words in English that are used to make a sentence negative:


We can use 'no' as a negative answer to a yes/no question.

A : Is there any cake left for me?

B : No! Sorry!

We can use 'no' before a noun to make a negative sentence and to show negation.

We have no time to celebrate.

He has no friends.


'Not' is the most common word that we use to show negation.

I am not a student.

Its short form is 'n’t' and it often comes after an auxiliary verb or a modal verb to make it negative.

She isn't working on Fridays.

I can't sing.


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