How to Use Am to Describe Negative Continuous Action

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Now, we shall learn how to use ‘am’ to talk about continuous action in negation.

In this sentence, ‘am’ is used with another verb.

In these sentences, we use ‘am’ as a helping verb with the main verb.

We should use the present participle of a verb, the ‘-ing’ form, and the word ‘not’ for negation.

Construction of a negative sentence using ‘am’

The sentence will be in the form:

  • I + am +not + (present participle) -ing form of the main verb + other words + full stop (.)

Examples of ‘am’ in a sentence

Let’s see how to use ‘am’ in negative sentences describing continuous action with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. I am not going home.
    ( main verb go+ ing)
  2. I am not coming in five minutes.
    ( main verb come+ ing)
  3. I am not studying at Mumbai University.
    ( main verb study+ ing)
  4. I am not teaching English grammar
    ( main verb teach+ ing)
  5. I am not eating fruit.
    ( main verb eat+ ing)
  6. I am not brushing my teeth.
    ( main verb brush+ ing)
  7. I am not laughing at you.
    (main verb laugh+ ing)
  8. I am not crying for your help.
    (main verb: cry+ ing)
  9. I am not frying snacks.
    (main verb fry+ ing)
  10. I am not singing a song.
    (main verb sing+ ing)
  11. I am not telling a story.
    (main verb tell+ ing)
  12. I am not watching an action movie.
    (main verb watch + ing)
  13. I am not writing a drama.
    (main verb write+ ing)
  14. I am not feeling well now.
    (main verb feel+ ing)
  15. I am not reading a novel.
    (main verb read+ ing)
  16. I am not closing the door.
    (main verb close+ ing)
  17. I am not catching a ball.
    (main verb catch+ ing)
  18. I am not playing cricket.
    (main verb play+ ing)
  19. I am not glorifying it.
    (main verb glorify+ ing)
  20. I am not drinking water.
    (main verb drink+ ing)
  21. I am not cleaning the house.
    (main verb clean+ ing)
  22. I am not pulling it.
    (main verb pull+ ing)
  23. I am not pushing it.
    (main verb push+ ing)
  24. I am not opening the window.
    (main verb open+ ing)
  25. I am not booking a ticket.
    (main verb book+ ing)
  26. I am not standing in front of you.
    (main verb stand+ ing)
  27. I am not sitting in a chair.
    (main verb sit+ ing)
  28. I am not enjoying the match.
    (main verb enjoy+ ing)
  29. I am not cooking for my kids.
    (main verb cook+ ing)
  30. I am not wandering out of my house.
    (main verb wander+ ing)

Related Lessons-

  1. Use of: continuous action
  2. Use of am: continuous action
  3.               negative sentences
  4. Use of am: continuous action-questions
  5.               affirmative answers

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