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    Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Hi teachers,
    Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?
    You can't arrive at work without a tie.

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?
    You can't arrive at work without a tie.

    Thanks in advance.
    No, it's not good English to say "You can't arrive at work not having a tie."

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it's not good English to say "You can't arrive at work not having a tie."
    Hi Raymott,
    Thank you for your reply. What about 'with no'? Could it be better?

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi Raymott,
    Thank you for your reply. What about 'with no'? Could it be better?
    Better than 'without'? No. What's wrong with 'without'?
    Or "You have to wear a tie to work."

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Better than 'without'? No. What's wrong with 'without'?
    Or "You have to wear a tie to work."
    Hi Raymott,
    Thank you for your reply. There's nothing wrong with 'without', of course. I'm just saying if 'with no' could be a good synonym for 'without'.

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    With no would work, though I prefer without, but I would change the verb:
    You can't come to work with no tie.

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    Re: Could 'not having' be a good synonym for 'without' in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    With no would work, though I prefer without, but I would change the verb:
    You can't come to work with no tie.
    Hi Tdol,
    Thank you for your reply.
    I guess, I have explained myself really badly. The thing is that the original sentence is this one, 'You can't arrive at work without a tie'. My question on saying if 'with no' could be a good synonym for 'without', it is just to explain it to the students, not to change 'without' for 'with no'.
    On the other hand, I have a book that says that two synonyms for 'without' can be 'not having' and 'lacking'; and it gives this example, 'Jerry got to the park two hours late without the picnic basket'. That's why I assumed that 'not having' was a good one.
    The name of the book is 'Prepositions Illustrated By Gloria Wahlen. Publisher: Michigan.

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