Learn the difference between no vs. not with example sentences and how to use no and not in English.
Difference between No and Not
How to Use No
- We use “no” to answer a Yes/ No question.
“Is this a good restaurant?” – “No, it isn’t a good restaurant.”
- We use “no” to agree with a negative statement.
“Jennifer is not going to get any better.” – “No. That’s true.”
- We use “no” before a noun without an article.
There is no general rule without some exception.
- We use “no” as an adjective preceding a noun without an article.
I’ve got no time to waste.
There are no people I recognize here.
- We use “no” as an exclamation.
“Do you need any help?” – “No. I’m okay!”
- We use “no” before a verbal noun (ending in -ing).
No smoking in this area!
No playing in parking area!
How to Use Not
- We use “not” before a noun that has an article.
I’m not the only one.
- We use “not” before any, much, many, or enough.
Not many people showed up.
There’s not much food in the house.
- We use “not” to make a verb negative.
He does not want to study.
- We use “not” as an adverb which is describing a verb.
The motorbike is not very fast.
- We often use “not” to make an adjective or adverb negative.
“How are you, mate?” — “Not too bad, mate, how’s yourself?”
- We often use “not” in short replies with a number of verbs.
“Is it ready?” – “I’m afraid not.”
“Will she be there?” – “I hope not.”
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