I'm not a native speaker and I'm still a novice towards English. Please help me out with this one:


Here is an example:

I am not tolerate.


I am not tolerated.

Also, can you guys explain to me which topic I should take a look at to master this kind of sentence?

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    The first example is ungrammatical. The adjective form is tolerant, and to say you are not tolerant, you say "I am intolerant". If you wish to say that you won't tolerate something: I won't tolerate such behavior. If you wish to say that someone else did not tolerate your behavior: They did not tolerate my insolence. In the PASSIVE VOICE: My insolence was not tolerated. So, your topics: transitive verbs and passive voice. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 20 '15 at 12:11

You want it to be

I am not _____ (an adjective).

Because it is modifying a noun, in this case I. These are all valid:

I am not happy.

I am not tired.

I am not lazy.

However, it does not have to be an adjective that modifies a noun. You can have a participle modifying a noun. A participle is a verb in either past or present tense that acts like an adjective. So your sentence could be:

I am not _____ (a participle).

These are all valid sentences:

I am not tolerated. (Past participle)

I am not tolerating. (present participle)

I am not excited. (Past participle)

If you want to say that you do not tolerate something, you should use the word 'do' rather than 'am'. Do is about your actions (verbs) and am is about things that describe you. (Adjectives or participles).

So you could say:

I don't tolerate _____ (something).

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