How to use Do, Does, and Did in Negative sentences – With link to online exercises

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Leftover from the last lesson. I promised we were also going to talk about how to make negative sentences with “do,” “does” and “did.”

Negative Sentences with Do and Does

You already know you should use “do” and “does” in the present tense (present simple).

You also know that you use “do” with Iyouwe, and they.

And that you use “does” with the other pronouns: heshe, and it.

For negative sentences you also add “not.”

Here are some examples:

I don’t want too drink too much.

You don’t read enough.

Eli doesn’t wash the dishes well.

Malika doesn’t play the piano.

The canary bird doesn’t sing anymore.

We don’t have a car.

Our neighbours don’t take care of their garden.

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66. Variable Meanings of Passive Verbs




At least three different sub-meanings can be found among passive verbs: stative, dynamic and adjectival



The importance of English passive verbs is considered within this blog in the posts 27. How to Avoid Passive Verbs,  69. How Computers Get Grammar Wrong 2 and 113. Verbs That Cannot Be Passive. The last of these, along with 21. Active Verbs with Non-Active Meanings 1, also has much to say about what might be called the central meaning of passive verbs. This meaning, however, has some subdivisions − slight variations found in different verbs and different contexts. The aim here is to examine three different sub-meanings that passive verbs can express.



Dynamic meaning belongs to actions (doing), where there is energy and change, while stative meaning belongs to states (being), where there is undisturbed continuity. Some English verbs have…

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List of Adjectives to describe a person

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Here is a list of adjectives (both positive and negative) that are used to describe a person:

list of adjectives

  1. Affectionate: someone who is very loving.  Example: She was an affection lady.
  2. Elated: very happy.  Example: The woman felt elated to watch her son return home.
  3. Ambitious: someone who is very keen to rise up in life.  Example: He is an ambitious young man with a hunger for success.
  4. Dextrous: someone who is very skilful in physical movements.  Example: We have some dextrous mechanics to repair your cars
  5. Anxious: someone who worries a lot or to worry too much.  Example: My mother gets anxious if I reach home late.
  6. Creative: someone who things original.  Example: We need some creative designers in our company.
  7. Boring: someone who is not interesting at all.  Example: I can’t spend my life with a boring guy like him.
  8. Decisive: someone who makes decisions quickly and effectively.  Example: Managers…

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Ex Post Facto


Ex post facto means “after the fact.” A good example is someone trying to change the rules of a game after it’s already begun.

Ex post facto defined: “something that affects things that happened in the past. When a law changes the zoning rules and applies even to zoning decisions that were made in the past, it is an

example of an ex post facto change to the zoning laws.” ADJECTIVE–Your Such a change is considered retroactive.

Origin of ex post facto
Late Latin, literally, from a thing done afterward.
First Known Use: 1621–Merriam

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How To Spice Up Your Life Verbally


People in the world talk a lot and use many words to describe or explain whatever they are doing or thinking. Now I have a question for all the readers, how many of you actively use adjectives or new descriptive words whenever you speak? How many use the same adjectives all the time such as nice, cool, pretty, and okay? In this post I’m telling you to get rid of those generic adjectives and get some “Spice” for your mouth. I recommend using a thesaurus to get spices. For the sake of this post, “spices” are mind-blowing adjectives not part of the regular adjectives normally used. Words such as wondrous, magnificent, beautiful, entrancing, and mind-blowing can all add the “spice” or “pazzaz” to an ordinary sentence and turn in into a delicious concoction. Words that will keep the listener wanting more and more. Literally, it is going to make talking…

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