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Transform Auxiliary Verbs with “NOT” into its short form

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In spoken English, we often use the short term of auxiliary verbs, especially in casual conversations. The short form is basically the conjugated or contracted version.

A short table to show you how to transform auxiliary verbs into their short form.

For example:

Are not = aren’t

Were = weren’t

Will = won’t

Auxiliary Verb

Tense

The Verb with NOT

Short Form

Example

is

simple present

is not

isn’t

She isn’t coming for lunch

are

simple present

are not

aren’t

We aren’t hungry today

was

simple past

was not

wasn’t

It wasn’t a good day

were

simple past

were not

weren’t

They weren’t happy

have

simple present

have not

haven’t

We haven’t eaten yet

has

simple past

has not

hasn’t

He hasn’t showered

had

simple past

had not

hadn’t

They hadn’t done, as they were told

will

simple present

will not

won’t

She won’t eat her breakfast

would

simple present

would not

wouldn’t

I wouldn’t eat that if I was you

do

simple present

do not

don’t

don’t laugh at them

does

simple present

does not

doesn’t

He doesn’t like eggs

did

simple past

did not

didn’t

You didn’t wash this morning

can

simple present

cannot

can’t

I can’t do my homework

could

simple past

could not

couldn’t

I couldn’t sleep, as the tv was too loud

shall

simple present

shall not

shan’t

I shan’t be joining you, for a drink tonight

should

simple present

should not

shouldn’t

You shouldn’t go to bed so late

might

simple present

might not

mightn’t

This mightn’t have happened, if you had listened to me

must

simple present

must not

mustn’t

They mustn’t go swimming today, as it’s too cold.

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