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    Default 'I'm no hero,' says Jessica Lynch

    Id like someone to remind me the exact meaning of this sentence - I am no hero. And I understand that it is not equivalent of this sentence I am not a hero. Many thanks in advance!

    Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3262377.stm

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    Default Re: 'I'm no hero,' says Jessica Lynch

    'not' functions as an adverb. It negates a verb, an action or state. For example:

    "I am not" means, I don't exist.

    'no' functions as an adjective. It negates a noun, a person, place, or thing. For example:

    "I am no hero" means, heros are none.

    In other words, when someone says, "I am no hero", they're expressing this:

    I didn't even consider that I was a hero. Hero has nothing to do with anything. hero = none = no = zero = I am no hero.

    If, however, someone says, "I am not a hero", they're expressing this:

    I considered that I was a hero, and then I decided that I wasn't a hero. hero = possibility = not a possibility = I am not a hero.

    :D

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    I haven't understood quite well what is the difference between I am no hero and I am not a hero
    I think the first one means: "Heroes don't exist at all" and the second one means "Heroes do exist, but I am not one", is it correct? Could you write another sentences showing the difference?

    BTW: the plural of hero is heroes or heros ?

    ByE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    I haven't understood quite well what is the difference between I am no hero and I am not a hero
    I think the first one means: "Heroes don't exist at all" and the second one means "Heroes do exist, but I am not one", is it correct? Could you write another sentences showing the difference?

    BTW: the plural of hero is heroes or heros ?

    ByE!
    It's heroes

    I'd say 'I'm no hero' is a stronger rejection of the idea, a more emphatic denial.

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    I agree with Tdol. The two sentences mean the same thing except that 'I'm no hero' might be a stronger statement.

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    Thank you, Casiopea for the detailed explanation and Tdol for the concise explanation.
    I remember it now They translated it as I am not a hero at all in Chinese

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    Thank you, Casiopea for the detailed explanation and Tdol for the concise explanation.
    I remember it now They translated it as I am not a hero at all in Chinese
    That's a good translation.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hong Kong Chinese
    Thank you, Casiopea for the detailed explanation and Tdol for the concise explanation.
    I remember it now They translated it as I am not a hero at all in Chinese
    I tend to be short on detail in my answers. I try to get it into one line. ;-|

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    Sometime it is better to give a concise, simple answer than a long and complex one.
    Anyway, I like both of them 8)

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    I will when you make some.

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