negative verbs

Negative verbs are verbs which indicate that an action did not happen. Here, the word "negative" means "opposite", as in "to negate" something. We have seen this before in Negatives / Questions and Negative Commands.

past/present tense negative verbs
To form a negative verb, past or present, use infinitive + வ்+ -இல்லை

Since all infinitives end in an அ sound, we automatically know that வ் must be inserted between the verb and -இல்லை.

future tense negative verbs
  • For nouns besides அது and அவை, the negative is infinitive + மட்ட் + verb suffix
  • For அது and அவை, replace the final -அ from the infinitive with -ஆது

Ex: