When I'm saying the sentence

I was not born for being free.

Can I use 'didnt' in place of "was not"?

I did not born for being free.

  • If you want to inject a 'do' verb, you 'take' birth. So I did not take birth for [whatever reason]. However, '....being free' sounds a little odd to my ears. What you want to express? – Maulik V Mar 8 '16 at 6:25
  • @Maulik V I've never encountered take birth. Is this an IE idiom? I'd love to hear how it is used. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 8 '16 at 11:46
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    Yes! But more to do with incarnation/avatar though. The Lord Krishna took birth in the form of Koorm (Sanskrit) i.e. a turtle. Probably because when it is god, he has a choice to take birth. Humans are simply born, but gods, on their choices, take birth! @StoneyB – Maulik V Mar 8 '16 at 11:49

The correct sentence would be

I wasn't born to be free

be born is passive voice, and you can't use did/didn't with passive voice. The active voice form is bear so it would be grammatically correct to say

My mother didn't bear me to be free

But it lacks the impact of the first sentence and it's not clear whether you or your mother will not be free.

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