uh-uh (with downward intonation – with upward intonation it means “yes”
Shaking your head (in western cultures !!)
Wagging your finger
(1) Doesn’t contract
(2) Don’t/doesn’t need to vs. needn’t have different meanings
Remember the contracted form is more common in speaking and more informal writing. Generally speaking we do not contract in business writing, except in informal emails.
Remember, in English, like maths, two negatives make a positive!!)
Nowhere, no-one, nobody, nothing, nonsense: Remember these are singular pronouns and the verb must be in the positive form :
There are no apples left = There aren’t any left
At no time did he see her* come in to the room …..= he didn’t see her at any time.
At no point in time shall I* ever stop loving you = I will never stop loving you ever.
There is no way I will ever live there. = It is impossible for me to ever live there.
(*Note: when you start a sentence with a negative adverb the first part of the sentence is inversed for dramatic effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzNxZGC-Hg0)
How apples are there left ? None I’m afraid.
How many cars are there parked in the street? None that I can see.
How many friends has she got in her new school ? None yet. But she’s only been there one day
I haven’t eaten any = I ate none!
I haven’t seen the new office building yet
I haven’t got any money (some very colloquial accents say “I ain’t got no money” or “He hasn’t got no friends” and although it’s common, it is not correct)
I haven’t seen him at any time
I haven’t seen him yet.
I have never been so happy
I will never stop loving you
I would never have thought of that!
I can’t stand chocolate ice cream ! How strange, neither can I
I’m not going to the party tomorrow – me neither
I can’t eat carrots, nor peas
Peter can’t come to the party, nor can Mark
I can’t stand neither carrots nor peas!!!
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” (if you don’t plan, you will be unsuccessful in the future)
To – deny/negate/ refuse/dread/fear/dislike/disagree /stink / regret / upset….etc
To be – stubborn/sly/mean/tough/moody/rotten/big-headed/ messy / upset… etc
I told him not to go out
He showed her how not to make a mistake = He showed her how to avoid mistakes
I prefer not to go to the beach this weekend
He hates his job, nevertheless he can’t leave, he has too many debts
I don’t really like the conditions, nonetheless, I decided to accept.