English Daily Workout: Present Continuous: Negative Questions_Exercise

Present Continuous: Negative Questions_Exercise

Present Continuous: Negative Questions


Negative questions
To form a negative question, the auxiliary is placed before the subject, and the word not is placed after the subject. However, when contractions are used, the contracted form of not follows immediately after the auxiliary. Although there is no universally accepted contraction for am not, the expression aren't I? is often used in spoken English. For example:

Without Contractions                             With Contractions
  Am I not working?  [Aren't I working?] - used in speaking
  Are you not working?  Aren't you working?
  Is he not working?  Isn't he working?
  Is she not working?  Isn't she working?
  Is it not working?  Isn't it working?
  Are we not working?  Aren't we working?
  Are they not working?  Aren't they working?

Change the affirmative statements given in Exercise 5 into negative questions. Except when the subject of the verb is I, write both the form without contractions and the form with contractions. 


For example:

      It is snowing.
      Is it not snowing?
      Isn't it snowing?

      They are being cautious.
      Are they not being cautious?
      Aren't they being cautious?




Answers:
1. Am I not learning English? 
2. Are you not carrying a parcel? Aren't you carrying a parcel?
3. Is it not growing colder? Isn't it growing colder? 
4. Are we not living in Halifax? Aren't we living in Halifax?
5. Are they not running a race? Aren't they running a race?
6. Is he not drinking coffee? Isn't he drinking coffee?
7. Is she not shopping for presents? Isn't she shopping for presents? 
8. Am I not cleaning the window? 
9. Are we not buying pencils? Aren't we buying pencils? 
10. Are they not playing football? Aren't they playing football?