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    Default no and not!

    good day!

    A korean friend of mine asked me the difference between NO and NOt?
    WHen to use them and the grammatical structures to follow if there are.
    I didn't know what to answer. I know how to use it but i'm afraid I'm not aware of the the rules behind it.

    please help me.
    thank you!

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    Default Re: no and not!

    "no" an adjective. It modifies nouns.
    EX: no food

    "no" is also an adverb:
    In comparatives, it means, not at all, by no means,
    EX: no better than
    As a response,
    EX: No, it's OK.
    EX: No!

    "not" is an adverb. It modifies verbs and adjectives.
    EX: I am not going.
    EX: I am not happy.

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    Default Re: no and not!

    Hi,

    Sometimes I hear people use "no"
    in a question, where I would use "not".
    I used to think it is incorrect to use "no".
    For example,
    Are you coming, or no?

    Recently I was thinking about the response.
    If the response is "no", is it correct to use "no"
    in the question afterall?

    I take the "not" in the question to mean "are not coming"
    (i.e. Are you coming, or not coming?), but "no"
    does not seem to fit here, and of course, does not
    sound right either.

    Thanks

    "Suffer fools gladly. They might be right afterall." - Unkown

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    Default Re: no and not!

    Are you coming, or no?
    This expression is grammatically incorrect and it is very common with people from the Indian sub-continent. It is usually further shorthened to "Are you coming, no?"

    The correct expression is, "Are you coming or not?" = "Are you coming or (are you)not coming?

    "Are you coming or no?" = "Are you coming or no, you are not coming?"
    " Are you coming, no?" = "Are you coming? No, you are not coming."

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    Default Re: no and not!

    Quote Originally Posted by Temico
    This expression is grammatically incorrect and it is very common with people from the Indian sub-continent.
    .....
    "Are you coming or no?" = "Are you coming or no, you are not coming?"
    " Are you coming, no?" = "Are you coming? No, you are not coming."
    Temico, thank you for the explanation.

    " Are you coming, no?" = "Are you coming? No, you are not coming."
    This is funny (to me at least).

    BTW, I have heard some Europeans use "no" as well.

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    Default Re: no and not!

    BTW, I have heard some Europeans use "no" as well.
    I am not surprised. I have met many native speakers who would start off by speaking funny English to me because I happen to be Chinese.

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