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Negatives. Objective: use only one negative word in a sentence Proofread for correct use of negatives. Sometimes then you write sentences, you use the word no or words that mean “no”. A word that makes a sentence mean “no” is called a negative. No one picked the beans

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Negatives

Negatives

Objective: use only one negative word in a sentence

Proofread for correct use of negatives


Sometimes then you write sentences, you use the word no or words that mean “no”. A word that makes a sentence mean “no” is called a negative.

No one picked the beans

I didn’t water the garden.


The words no, no one, nobody, none, nothing, nowhere, and never are negatives. The words not and contractions made with not are also negatives. Never use two negatives in a sentence.


Helen Keller couldn’t see or hear (any, no) help. never are negatives. The words not and contractions made with not are also negatives.

Her parents had never given her (any, no) training.

No one had (never, ever) helped their daughter.

Helen couldn’t go (nowhere, anywhere) by herself.

Her parents couldn’t teacher her (anything, nothing).

She hadn’t (no, any) teacher until Annie Sullivan came.


7. never are negatives. The words not and contractions made with not are also negatives. Annie had never taught (anyone, no one) as bright.

8. At first Helen didn’t want (none, any) of Annie’s lessons.

9. Helen wouldn’t (ever, never) Annie wanted.

10. Annie wouldn’t (ever, never) let Helen misbehave.

11. Helen hadn’t met (anyone, nobody) as patient as Annie.

12. She never knew (nothing, anything) about language before.


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