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    "no" or "not"

    As there were "no" enough lifeboats, many lives were lost.
    As there were "not" enough lifeboats, many lives were lost.
    I saw this here in one grammar book that "not " is correct. But I think "no" is correct.
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    Re: "no" or "not"

    As a NES, but not a teacher, I would advise that the only correct version is:

    "As there were not enough lifeboats, many lives were lost."

    R21

    PS That having been said, you may hear someone, in a Scottish dialect, say: "As there were no enough lifeboats, many lives were lost."

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    Re: "no" or "not"

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I agree with Route21.
    In my opinion you have to use not because it belongs to the adjective, not to the noun.

    As there were not enough lifeboats, many lives were lost.
    As there were not any lifeboats, many lives were lost.
    As there were not many lifeboats, many lives were lost.

    As there were no lifeboats, many lives were lost.

    I think all these sentences are correct.

    Cheers!

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    Re: "no" or "not"

    Hi Nightmare

    And "were not" would normally be shortened to "weren't", particularly in your second example, which would otherwise have been written as: "As there were no lifeboats, many lives were lost."

    Regards
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