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Grammar Challenge
Disagreements with auxiliaries
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Practice activities: Disagreements with auxiliaries

Exercise 1:
Match the statements to the responses to make disagreements.

1. That was a brilliant film! a. No, they don't.

2. I'm really bad at singing. b. Yes, we should.

3. This coat is really beautiful. c. No, it wasn’t.

4. We shouldn't dress formally for the d. Yes, he did.


party.
5. They always leave early. e. Yes, she did.

6. He never stopped talking all night! f. No, you aren't.

7. We're not allowed to smoke in the g. Yes, we are.


office.
8. She didn’t go abroad until she was in h. No, it isn't.
her seventies.

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Exercise 2:
Read the statements and choose the most appropriate disagreements.

1. Children have too much free time these days.


a. No, they don't.
b. No, they do.
c. Yes, they do.

2. This won't take too long.


a. No, it won't.
b. Yes, it will.
c. Yes, it did.

3. You should try to get 12 hours' sleep every night.


a. No, you should.
b. No, you shouldn't.
c. No, you don't.

4. Those cakes weren't very tasty.


a. Yes, they weren't.
b. Yes, they are.
c. Yes, they were.

5. It's getting late. We'll have to go home soon.


a. No, we won't.
b. No, we don't.
c. No, we haven't.

6. I have never been good at cooking.


a. Yes, you haven't.
b. No, you have.
c. Yes, you have.

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Practice activities: Agreements with auxiliaries
Answers

Exercise 1:
Match the beginnings of the sentences to the responses, to make disagreements.

1. That was a brilliant film! c. No, it wasn’t.

2. I'm really bad at singing. f. No, you aren't.

3. This coat is really beautiful. h. No, it isn't.

4. We shouldn't dress formally for the b. Yes, we should.


party.
5. They always leave early. a. No, they don't.

6. He never stopped talking all night! d. Yes, he did.

7. We're not allowed to smoke in the g. Yes, we are.


office.
8. She didn’t go abroad until she was in e. Yes, she did.
her seventies.

Exercise 2:
Read the statements and choose the most appropriate disagreements.

1. Children have too much free time these days.


a. No, they don't. – Correct!
b. No, they do. – Wrong – for disagreements, if the verb in the sentence is positive, the auxiliary
should be negative
c. Yes, they do. – Wrong – this is an agreement: you need to choose a disagreement

2. This won't take too long.


a. No, it won't. – Wrong – this is an agreement: you need to choose a disagreement
b. Yes, it will. – Correct!
c. Yes, it did. – Wrong – you have used the past tense to agree with a statement about the future

3. You should try to get 12 hours' sleep every night.


a. No, you should. – Wrong – for disagreements, if the verb in the sentence is positive, the auxiliary
should be negative
b. No, you shouldn't. – Correct!
c. No, you don't. – Wrong – the auxiliary is wrong

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4. Those cakes weren't very tasty.
a. Yes, they weren't. – Wrong – for disagreements, if the verb in the sentence is negative, the auxiliary
should be positive
b. Yes, they are. – Wrong – the auxiliary is in the wrong tense
c. Yes, they were. – Correct!

5. It's getting late. We'll have to go home soon.


a. No, we won't. – Correct!
b. No, we don't. – Wrong – you have used the wrong auxiliary
c. No, we haven't. – Wrong – you have used the wrong auxiliary

6. I have never been good at cooking.


a. Yes, you haven't. – Wrong – for disagreements, if the verb in the sentence is negative, the auxiliary
should be positive
b. No, you have. – Wrong – this statement has a negative meaning so you need a positive response
c. Yes, you have. – Correct!

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