Negatives
Some sentences include the word no, or other words that mean "no". These words are negatives.

Some negatives contain the word "no": nothing, nobody, nowhere, none, no one

Other negatives include the contraction n't: don't, won't, couldn't, wouldn't

Never use two negatives in a sentence. You will need to change one of the negatives without changing the meaning of the sentence.

INCORRECT: He didn't tell no one where the treasure is.
CORRECT:     He didn't tell anyone where the treasure is.

INCORRECT: We won't never discover it.
CORRECT:     We wont' ever discover it.  OR We will never discover it.

A. Find the negative in each sentence.
1. The search for new inventions never stops.
2. Nobody can predict the future.
3. Not every invention is very useful.
4. We can't stop progress.
5. We wouldn't want it any other way.
6. Our world wouldn't be the same without inventions.

Reminder: Never use two negatives in a sentence.

B.Write the negative in each sentence.
7. The wheel does not exist in nature.
8. Don't underestimate the importance of the wheel.
9. Further progress wasn't possible without it.
10. Before the Stone Age, people didn't have tools.
11. Nobody knows who invented these early tools.
12. Records and diagrams are nowhere to be found.
 13. The alphaet had not yet been invented.

C. Choose the correct word in parentheses.
14. We won't (ever, never) stop needing new ideas.
15. (Can, Can't) we find no new sources of energy?
16. We don't make full use of solar power (anywhere, nowhere).
17. We (must, mustn't) never forget water power.
18. We (should, shouldn't)  never ignore the use of windmills.
19. Someday no car (will, won't)  be without a solar battery.
20. We shouldn't overlooke (any, no) promising invention.

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D.Underline the negative in each sentence.
1. Frank can't locate his skates.
2. He couldn't find them in the closet.
3. Nobody has seen them.
4. None of his friends has seen them.
5. "You weren't careful," says his sister.
6. "That's not much help," Frank answers.
7. "They aren't nowhere to be found," Frank tells Alan.
8. "I won't be able to play hockey today."
9. "Isn't it possible that you left them in school?"
10. "I've never left them there before," says Frank.

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