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  1. Mhd shaher's Avatar
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    #1

    no or not?

    Hi..
    which is right please?


    Do you agree or not?
    Do you agree or no?

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    #2

    Re: no or not?

    Both are correct; the former is good written English, and the latter exists in vernacular AmE.


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    #3

    Re: no or not?

    I believe that only "not" is correct. I find it uncommon in the US to hear "no" in this context, and then it is extremely informal and not correct usage.


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    #4

    Smile Re: no or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    Hi..
    which is right please?


    Do you agree or not?
    Do you agree or no?
    The second one is wrong. (You could hear it at times, I suppose.) Use the first one.

    Here's why the first one is right: Do you agree or not? means Do you agree or do you not agree?

    When one says "do you agree or not", we understand that "or not" means "or do you not" or in full "or do you not agree".

    The second one does not strike me as sounding at all familiar. I would not use this sort of expression. Also, The second one is wrong because we can't very well say "Do you agree or do you no agree?"

    Last edited by PROESL; 03-Aug-2009 at 05:28. Reason: I left out a word.

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