Has there ever been a time where you wanted to talk about something that you do not like? What about something that you could not do? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you used something called a negative!
“But I am a positive person” No, not that kind of negative! Today we are going to talk about negation in grammar.

To form a negative sentence in English, we must negate the auxiliary verb (which means adding not). Let’s look at some examples:

She could wear high heels —— She could not (or couldn’t) wear high heels.

But what if there is no auxiliary verb? Well, all we have to do is add do!

She wears high heels ——- she does not wear high heels.

But what happens if we have the be verb? Good question! If we are using to be, we add not as well!
She was on the street —- She was not on the street.

Are you ready to try a little quiz? Let’s practice.

Negation quiz

Try to negate these sentences.

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US Life Expectancy Continues to Drop – Learn English with the News

Life expectancy varies around the world, but the US is unique among western countries due to its having the lowest life expectancy among them. It was already low before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has since dropped even more.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

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US Life Expectancy Continues to Drop | Definition Match

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US Life Expectancy Continues to Drop | Fill in the Blank

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US Life Expectancy Continues to Drop | True or False

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Full text:

Life expectancy in the United States dropped again in 2021, furthering a dramatic decline from 2020 that was the largest since World War II, according to a new report.
The study (which has not yet been peer-reviewed) found that after falling nearly 1.9 years in 2020, life expectancy in the US decreased another 0.4 years in 2021 as Covid-19 continued to spread.
In the decade before the pandemic, life expectancy in the US changed by an average of less than 0.1 years annually, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Changes to life expectancy amid the Covid-19 pandemic widened an existing gap between the US and other high-income countries, the new report shows. Among a set of 19 peer countries, life expectancy dropped only a third as much as in the US in 2020 (down 0.6 years, on average) and rebounded in 2021, with an average increase of about 0.3 years.
Life expectancy in the US fell from 78.9 years in 2019 to 76.6 years in 2021 — now more than five years less than the average among peer nations.
In the US, there was a disproportionate decrease in life expectancy for Black and Hispanic people in 2020. But in 2021, White people had the largest losses, with life expectancy holding steady for Hispanic people and rising slightly for Black people.

No and None – Negative determiners

What exactly is a determiner? A determiner is a phrase or word that occurs together with a noun and expresses the reference of that noun in context. Simply put, a determiner is word in front of a noun that shoes us what the noun is talking about! In this blog we are going to talk about two common negative determiners NO and NONE.


The negative determiner NO is used directly before nouns: it means not one or not any.

I have NO time to waste (not any time)

The sign says NO dogs allowed (not one dog)


None is a pronoun which means not one of a group of people, or things. None is also used with a noun.

They have got plenty of apples, but I have none (no apples)

I tried to grab a donut this morning, but there were none left (not one donut was left)


Let’s test your knowledge with a little quiz!

No or None?

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