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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool no instead of not

    Hi,

    In one of this site's quiz there is the following question:

    Be careful she's ____ fool. I answer not instead of no . How come it's wrong? Don't we say he is not stupid? instead of He is no stupid.

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    Default Re: no instead of not

    We do say "he is not stupid." What follows ‘not’ should be an adjective - in this case ‘stupid’. ‘Fool’ is not an adjective but a noun. You should answer ‘no fool’ or ‘not a fool’ but not ‘not fool’. If the word ‘foolish’ (adjective) had been in the question, you would have answered correctly with ‘not’.

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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool Re: no instead of not

    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    We do say "he is not stupid." What follows ‘not’ should be an adjective - in this case ‘stupid’. ‘Fool’ is not an adjective but a noun. You should answer ‘no fool’ or ‘not a fool’ but not ‘not fool’. If the word ‘foolish’ (adjective) had been in the question, you would have answered correctly with ‘not’.
    Thank you,

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