NO and NOT | The Difference between NO and NOT

Learn how to use NO and NOT in English.

How to Use NO

  • Answering a Yes or No question.

Is this a good restaurant?

No, it isn’t a good restaurant.

  • No precedes a noun that has no article.

There is no general rule without some exception.

  • No can be used before a noun that is preceded by an adjective, as in the preceding example, but it is not used before anymuchmany, or enough.

I’ve got no time to waste.

There are no people I recognise here.

How to Use NOT

  • Not precedes a noun that has an article.

“I’m Not The Only One”

  • Not precedes anymuchmany, or enough.

Not many people showed up.

There’s not much food in the house.

  • Not makes a verb negative.

He does not want to study. 

Note:

No and not are never used in the same sentence.

Examples | How to Use NO and NOT

  • CORRECT: The politician had no time left for in-depth research.
  • INCORRECT: The politician did not have no time left for in-depth research.

 

  • CORRECT: The planner does not have any time today to go over your suggestions.
  • INCORRECT: The planner no has any time today to go over your suggestions.

 

  • CORRECT: The doctor does not have a minute to lose for a successful operation.
  • INCORRECT: The doctor not has a minute to lose for a successful operation.

NO and NOT | The Difference between NO and NOT

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