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Friday, March 4, 2011

Exercise 71 - Progressive Form (Part 4)

Negative Form

Before you continue with this exercise, please review Lesson 17 about the negative form. Also you should have completed the threes previous Exercises.

"ap"  is the determiner for the progressive form
"te" is the determiner for the past tense
"pa" is the determiner for the negative form
"pa" and "ap" are contracted together when using negative in the present progressive form
"pa" stands alone and "te" and "ap" are contracted together when using negative in the past progressive form.

m chante - I sing
m'ap chante - I am singing
mwen p'ap chante - I am not singing (pap = contraction of pa + ap)
m t'ap chante - I was singing (tap = contraction of te +ap)
mwen pa t'ap chante - I was not singing

li manje - he eats
l'ap manje - he's eating
li p'ap manje - he's not eating
li t'ap manje - he was eating
li pa t'ap manje - he wasn't eating

Teddy danse - Teddy dances
Teddy ap danse - Teddy is dancing
Teddy p'ap danse - Teddy is not dancing
Teddy t'ap danse - Teddy was dancing
Teddy pa t'ap danse - Teddy was not dancing
Let's practice.  Please translate the following sentences.

1. Soto is not laughing, he's crying.
2. I am not dancing tonight.
3. We are not speaking, we're singing
4. They were not walking, they were running
5.  We were not reading a book, we were writing a letter
Answers are posted below

1. Soto p'ap ri, l'ap kriye     2.m p'ap danse aswè a    3. nou p'ap pale, nap chante    4. yo pa t'ap mache, yo t'ap kouri    5. nou pa t'ap li yon liv, nou tap ekri yon lèt

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