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NO vs. NOT

25 / 01 / 2006

NO vs. NOT: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are going to answer another request from one of our readers, Antonio G. Antonio wanted to know the difference between the words NO and NOT. NO Meaning 1: NO is the opposite of yes. Example 1: A: Do you want me to make you a sandwich? B: No, thanks. I'm not hungry. Meaning 2: NO NOUN is used as a quantifier. It means not any. Example 2: There is no coffee in the cupboard. Shall I go to the shops to get some? (= There isn't any coffee.) Example 3: I've got no time to go to the bank right now. I'll do it later. (= I haven't got any time.) NOT Meaning 1: NOT is used to make a verb negative. It goes after the verb (auxiliary verb NOT). The contraction of NOT is n't. Example 4 I didn't go to the presentation yesterday. Was it good? Example 5 It isn't helpful when you interrupt me all the time! Could you please let me get some work done? I hope this answers your question, Antonio. Tomorrow and Friday we will explain two expressions with today's words. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. I hope you enjoy your day!

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