How to Use Are in Negative Answers About Continuous Action

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In the previous chapter, you learned how to form affirmative answers about continuous action using ‘are’. In this lesson, we shall learn to form negative answers about continuous action using ‘are’.

Construction of a negative answer using ‘are’

The structure of a negative answer is as follows:

  • No, + we/you/they/plural subject + are not + present participle (-ing form) of the main verb + other words + period (.)

In brief, we can say:

No, + subject + aren’t.

  • No, we aren’t.
  • No, you aren’t.
  • No, they aren’t.

Examples of ‘are’ in negative answers

Let’s see how to use ‘are’ in negative answers about continuous action with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. No, you are not learning technology.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  2. No, they are not quarrelling with each other.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  3. No, we are not listening to music.
    (No, we aren’t.)
  4. No, they are not going to their home town.
     (No, they aren’t.)
  5. No, we are not coming to the annual function of your college.
    (No, we aren’t.)
  6. No, students are not studying in the library.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  7. No, teachers are not teaching optional subjects.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  8. No, squirrels are not eating fruit under the tree.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  9. No, we are not brushing our teeth with toothpaste.
    (No, we aren’t.)
  10. No, the children are not laughing at me.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  11. No, cats are not crying on the roof.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  12. No, you are not frying snacks.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  13. No, you are not singing a song.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  14. No, they are not telling stories.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  15. No, we are not watching an action movie.
    (No, we aren’t.)
  16. No, you are not writing a drama.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  17. No, you are not feeling well now.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  18. No, girls are not reading a novel.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  19. No, you are not closing the door.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  20. No, dogs are not catching a ball.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  21. No, the boys are not playing cricket.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  22. No, they are not glorifying it.
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    (No, they aren’t.)
  23. No, monkeys are not drinking water.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  24. No, maids are not cleaning the house.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  25. No, dogs are not pulling it.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  26. No, parrots are not pushing it.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  27. No, you are not opening the window.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  28. No, you are not booking a ticket.
    (No, you aren’t.)
  29. No, students are not standing.
    (No, they aren’t.)
  30. No, the girls are not sitting.
    (No, they aren’t.)

Related Lessons-

  1. Use of is: questions
  2. Use of are: continuous action
  3.                negative sentences
  4. Use of are: questions of continuous action
  5.               affirmative answers
  6.               negative answers

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