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    #1

    No, of Course not

    No, of Course not.

    I've questions regarding this expression.
    - What is the meaning of this expression?
    -Is it used in giving permissin for people to do something?

    With regards

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    #2

    Re: No, of Course not

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    That depends on the context. It could be either a refusal or a denial.

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    #3

    Re: No, of Course not

    It means both "no" and "you should have known that answer already."

    Tone of voice will tell you whether it's rude or well-intended.

    "Do you mind if I...?"
    "Oh, no, of course not" in a gracious voice means that you are most welcome to do whatever.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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