We know how to make negative sentences in the Present Tense. Now let us learn how to make negative sentences in Past Tense.

Let us start with the Simple Past Tense.

We can make negative sentences in the Simple Past Tense by replacing the verb with ‘did not’ and it’s present tense form. Let us see how.

  • I went to school yesterday.
  • I did not / didn’t go to school yesterday. We have replaced ‘went’ with ‘did not go’.
  • My mother baked a cake for me.
  • My mother did not / didn’t bake a cake for me. We have replaced ‘baked’ with ‘did not bake’
  • He participated in the contest.
  • He did not / didn’t participate in the contest. We have replaced ‘participated’ with ‘did not participate’
  • She answered my phone.
  • She did not / didn’t answer my phone. We have replaced ‘answered’ with ‘did not answer’
  • People forgot the incident.
  • People did not / didn’t forget the incident. We have replaced ‘forgot’ with ‘did not forget’
  • You reached the station in time.
  • You did not / didn’t reach the station in time. We have replaced ‘reached’ with ‘did not reach’
  • The shopkeeper closed the shop before going home.
  • The shopkeeper did not / didn’t close the shop before going home. We have replaced ‘closed’ with ‘did not close’
  • I had a pink dress.
  • I did not / didn’t have a pink dress. We have replaced ‘had’ with ‘did not have’
  • My mother had a beautiful watch.
  • My mother did not / didn’t have a beautiful watch. We have replaced ‘had’ with ‘did not have’
  • We had a car.
  • We did not / didn’t have a car. We have replaced ‘had’ with ‘did not have’
  • My friend had a beautiful handwriting.
  • My friend did not / didn’t have a beautiful handwriting. We have replaced ‘had’ with ‘did not have’
  • Our neighbors had a farmhouse.
  • Our neighbours did not / didn’t have a farmhouse. We have replaced ‘had’ with ‘did not have’

Now let us see negative sentences in Past Continuous Tense

To make negative sentences in the Past Continuous Tense , we need to add ‘not’ before the verb in the positive sentences. Let us see some examples.

  • I was reading a book.
  • I was not / wasn’t reading a book.
  • She was watering the plants.
  • She was not / wasn’t watering the plants.
  • My brother was driving fast.
  • My brother was not / wasn’t driving fast.
  • People were talking loudly.
  • People were not / weren’t talking loudly.
  • You were playing a video game.
  • You were not / weren’t playing a video game.
  • We were arguing with each other.
  • We were not / weren’t arguing with each other.
  • The school was conducting online classes.
  • The school was not / wasn’t conducting online classes.

Now let us see negative sentences in Past Perfect Tense.

To make negative sentences in Past Perfect Tense , we need to add ‘not’ before the verb in the Positive sentence. Here are some examples.

  • I had posted the letter.
  • I had not / hadn’t posted the letter.
  • She had completed her assignment.
  • She had not / hadn’t completed her assignment.
  • You had told me the complete truth.
  • You had not / hadn’t told me the complete truth.
  • My father had retired from his job.
  • My father had not / hadn’t retired from his job.
  • We had planned a trip to Europe.
  • We had not / hadn’t planned a trip to Europe.
  • The children had practiced for the program.
  • The children had not / hadn’t practiced for the program.

Some more examples…

  • I was very talkative when I was a child.
  • I was not / wasn’t very talkative when I was a child.
  • She was upset with her friends.
  • She was not / wasn’t upset with her friends.
  • My father was a very strict person.
  • My father was not / wasn’t a very strict person.
  • The vegetables were fresh when I bought them.
  • The vegetables were not / weren’t fresh when I bought them.

To make negative sentences in Past Perfect Continuous Tense, we need to add just ‘not’ to the sentence like follows….

  • I had been calling you since morning.
  • I had not / hadn’t been calling you since morning.
  • We had been playing cards since afternoon.
  • We had not / hadn’t been playing cards since afternoon.
  • His brother had been working in a bank.
  • His brother had not / hadn’t been working in a bank.
  • The citizens had been waiting for the elections.
  • The citizens had not / hadn’t been waiting for the elections.

Thus we can see that it is very easy to make negative sentences in Past Tense.

In the next lesson we will learn how to make negative sentences in the Future Tense.

Stay tuned…. Goodbye!