'Not + verb' negative forms

Avoid the ‘not + verb’ negative form if an alternative form is available.

Examples:

‘Not + verb’ negative

Preferred negative form

There isn’t any evidence in support of this claim.

There is no evidence in support of this claim.

The new study doesn’t support many of the initial findings.

The new study supports few of the initial findings.

There isn’t much research on this topic.

There is little research on this topic.

 

If you use the ‘not + verb’ negative form, avoid contracted forms.

‘Verb + not’ contracted form

Preferred negative form

Sales didn’t increase despite the introduction of new targets.

Sales did not increase despite the introduction of new targets.

The conflict can’t be resolved without negotiation.

The conflict cannot be resolved without negotiation.