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    grammar question

    many times i get confused about sentences like i donīt have time or i have no time,so how can I noticed about the difference between the use of no & not? do they have the same meaning? how can i know when do i need to use no or not?

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    Re: grammar question

    Hello Mariana

    1. I don't have time.
    2. I have no time.

    In #1, the "not" negates the verb "have": so the sentence expresses "not having something".

    In #2, the "no" negates the noun "time": so the sentence expresses "having nothing of something".

    On the whole, the second structure (negative + noun) has a more emphatic effect than the first structure (negative + verb).

    Cf.

    3. You have no hope of winning.
    4. You have no chance of going out with that girl.
    5. I have no intention of giving up.
    6. There's no way I'll let him drive my motorbike.

    All these sentences express a strong negative.

    MrP

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