Scottish Negation

If you're trying to learn Scottish Negation which is also called Scots, check our courses about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your Scottish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Scottish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Scottish Negation

Learning the Scottish Negation is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Scottish language. But first we need to know what the role of Negation is in the structure of the grammar in Scottish.

Scottish negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy). Here are some examples:

English NegationScottish Negation
Negationnegation
he is not herehe isnae haur
that is not my book'at isnae mah book
do not enterdinnae enter

Notice the structure of the Negation in Scottish.

List of Negation in Scottish

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Scottish placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Scottish vocabulary.

English NegationScottish Negation
I don't speakAh dornt spick
I don't writeAh dornt write
I don't driveAh dornt drife
I don't loveAh dornt loove
I don't giveAh dornt gie
I don't smileAh dornt smile
I don't takeAh dornt tak'
he doesn't speakhe doesnae spick
he doesn't writehe doesnae write
he doesn't drivehe doesnae drife
he doesn't lovehe doesnae loove
he doesn't givehe doesnae gie
he doesn't smilehe doesnae smile
he doesn't takehe doesnae tak'
we don't speakwe dornt spick
we don't writewe dornt write
we don't drivewe dornt drife
we don't lovewe dornt loove
we don't givewe dornt gie
we don't smilewe dornt smile
we don't takewe dornt tak'

Negation and negative expressions have a very important role in Scottish. Once you're done with the Scots Negation, you might want to check the rest of our Scottish lessons here: Learn Scottish. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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