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Difference between NO and NOT

The word no never precedes: a, an, the, any, much, many, enough.

No is used:

  • as an exclamation.

  • as an adjective before singular and plural nouns.

Not is used:

  • as an adverb to make a sentence negative.

  • to make an adjective or adverb negative.

  • in short replies with a number of verbs.


  • We have no money in the bank now.

  • We do not have any money in the bank now.

  • There are no books in the bookcase.

  • There are no English books in the bookcae.

  • There are not any books in the bookcase.

  • Do you like coffe? No, I don't.

  • Didn't you finish it? No, I didn't.

  • Don't you want this? Not at all.

  • Won't you be mad at us? Not in the least.

  • Aren't you going to go? Not right now.

  • Who took my book? Not I.

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