How was your weekend? We have all had a very good weekend here in ABA! It was nice, because last week I had a no good weekend; or should I say: “I did not have a good weekend”?
Both sentences are perfectly correct and this can be a bit confusing for English learners.
In English there are two ways of making negative sentences:
1. You can make the verb negative using the word “not”.
Example: “There is not a mountain high enough to keep me from getting to you”.
In this sentence the word “not” is modifying the verb “to be” (is).
Usually English learners think this is the only way to form negatives in English. However, there is a second way:
2. You can form a negative sentence by making a noun or an adjective negative by using the word “no”.
Example: “There is no mountain high enough to keep me from getting to you”.
In this sentence the word “no” is modifying the noun “mountain”.
Watch out! The verb “to be” in the second sentence is in the affirmative form. In English there cannot be double negatives. You can use “I have no time” or “I do not have time”, but the sentence “I do not have no time” is incorrect.
By the way, does the sentence “There is no mountain high enough” ring a bell?
Listen to this song and practice a bit of English!
Take care and talk to you soon,
Written by: Ella, Teacher from ABA English
The name of the song is “Ain’t no mountain high enough”. “Ain’t” is a colloquialism and not grammatically correct but sometimes used in spoken English.