The verb To be – Negative form

You will study the verb To Be in negative form.


The verb to be – Negative form


Instructions: Read about Americans. Look at the underlined words.

Americans are not just citizens of the United States of America. The country is home to people of many different national origins. As a result, American nationality is not equated with etchnicity, but with citizenship, allegiance and culture. It is said that non-citizens residents, dual citizens and expatriates may also claim an American identity.

Are the United States a multicultural country?

Americans. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from .


Getting started: United States citizens

Instructions: Read about the names for United States citizens.

Different languages use different terms for citizens of the United States of America. But they are not known in the Spanish world as “Americans”. All forms of English refer to these people as “Americans”, a term originally used to differentiate English people of the American colonies from English people in England.

But the term is not clear due to the other senses of the word “American”. It can also refer to people from the Americas in general. Other languages, including French, German, Japanese, and Russian use cognates of “American” to refer to people from the United States. There is not only one term to call them. There are various other local and colloquial names for Americans.

Americans. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from.

True or False?

Instructions: Choose T (True) or F (False) for the following statements.

1. Americans are different from English.

2. The term “Americans” is only used for citizens in the USA

3. Some European nationalities are related to Americans.

4. There are some colloquial names for Americans.

The verb To Be - Negative Form

Let’s learn the verb To Be in Negative form.

Instructions: Read carefully about the verb To Be in negative form.

Remember: The verb To Be is used to express state or feelings.

The forms of Be in the Simple Present negative form are:


IS NOT for he, she, it

ARE NOT for we, you, they

You can use contractions when speaking:

I'm not

He/ She/ It isn't

We/ You/ They aren't

Look at the word order in the Negative form:

Subject Verb To Be + Not Complement
I am not a sad person
Michael is not a fool.
Alice is not noisy
The dog is not bad.
The boys and I are not in their house
The girls and you are not on time
Abraham and Paul are not friends


To Be in negative form

Instructions: Change the following sentences into the negative form. Use contractions.

  1. I am at school.
  2. You are very noisy.
  3. That boy is my friend.
  4. Mary is absent today.
  5. That bird is an eagle
  6. Jacob and you are late.
  7. You are on time.
  8. The boys are in the classroom.
Spanish language and Americans

Instructions: Fill in the gaps with ‘m not, isn’t or aren’t.

Spanish the third most common language, it is the second most common language in the US, and is spoken by approximately 35 million people. But there more Hispanophone immigrants than American people. Although nearly second-generation Hispanic speak English fluently, many Latin American immigrants fluent in English. I one of them


More about Americans

Instructions: Choose the right options in the following text.

Although some Spanish speakers use the translation of "American", this is not/are not correct. The official Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas de la Real Academia Española  recommends instead estadounidense because "American" is not/are not only refered people from the USA but to all of the inhabitants of the continents of North and South America. In Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean, Americans are not/is not only estadounidenses. But in colloquial uses, gringos. Mexico, whose Spanish name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos.