Let's look at Present Simple. As far as I understand there is [almost] no difference between

I play this game.
I do play this game.

The first question: can I form negative sentences this way?

(1) I play not this game.
      I do not play this game.

I know, (1) seems weird, but I have found a lot of examples of using this:

Forget not the tyranny of this wall, ... [1]

Death or healing, I care not which you seek. [2]

Speak not those words. [3]

The use of (1) seems quite logical to me as for beginner English learner. So, if we look at Present Perfect:

I have played this game.
I have not played this game.

We can see the same (or not?) way of forming negative sentences. Present Continuous:

I am writing now.
I am not writing now.

It's still logical for me. And now Past Simple:

I played this game.
I did play this game.

The second question: can I form negative sentences this way?

(2) I played not this game.
      I did not play this game.

(2) is VERY weird, but seems logical. Or not :)


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    The placing of 'not' after a verb is usually poetic or literary. We don't talk like that in everyday speech, except to say 'I thought not !' Or 'I hope not'. 'Think not to say within yourselves . . . is excellent English, considered archaic, and is highly quotable. – Nigel J Oct 29 '17 at 15:37
  • Possible duplicate of Verb + not = do not verb ? What is the gramatical explanation? – green_ideas Oct 29 '17 at 19:43

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