Learn English Grammar – “I Don’t” Vs. “I’m Not”

Michael Grammar 1 Comment

Here is a basic English grammar point. Sometimes I have a conversation that goes like this:

  • Michael: How are you feeling today?
  • Jack: I don’t tired so much today.

Can you see the problem with Jack’s reply?

We can use don’t / doesn’t + base verb, like this:

  • I don’t exercise very often.
  • Jack said his son doesn’t like pickles.
  • They usually don’t shop in Soho.

Be careful not to use don’t / doesn’t + adjective:

  • I don’t tired today.

We can use am not / is not / aren’t + adjective, like this:

  • I’m not tall enough to play basketball.
  • The soup isn’t hot.
  • They aren’t old enough to drink beer.

Are you old enough to drink beer? Is there any food that you don’t like?
Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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