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    Question no and not

    hello...> What are No good and Not good?

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    #2

    Re: no and not

    Hello Kahhong

    1. This book is no good = this book is of no use.
    2. This book is not good = this book is bad (or indifferent).

    #1 describes the thing by stating what it is.

    #2 describes the thing by stating what it is not.

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: no and not

    no" modifies a noun and "not" modifies a verb. how about adjective?

    Good is adjective, should i use no good or not good?


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    Re: no and not

    It depends on what you want to express:

    1. This book is no good (e.g., it's old and falling apart)
    2. This book is not good (e.g., it's the opposite of 'good', bad.)


    The word "not" changes a verb's meaning from affirmative to negative:

    EX: I like apples. (affirmative)
    EX: I do not like apples. (negative)


    The word "no" changes a noun's number from, say, two or more, to zero.

    EX: I have apples. (two or more apples)
    EX: I have no apples. (zero apples)

    EX: I am a doctor. (one doctor)
    EX: I am not a doctor. (zero doctor)


    In the case of adjectives, "no" cancels them right out. Speakers tend to assume the opposite meaning is implied.

    EX: I am good.
    EX: I am not good. (I am bad)

    EX: I am strong.
    EX: I am not strong. (I am weak)

    The thing is, "not strong" doesn't necessarily mean "weak".

    Hope that helps.

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