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    Question Is it 'it's NO better!' or 'it's not better!'?

    Hi,
    May I know, please what the exact difference between the two is?



    Thanks!

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    Re: Is it 'it's NO better!' or 'it's not better!'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    May I know, please what the exact difference between the two is?



    Thanks!
    There is no difference in meaning.

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    Re: Is it 'it's NO better!' or 'it's not better!'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no difference in meaning.


    If a doctor said to me 'If it's no better in a week, come back' I wouldn't expect to be fully fit in a week. I think in that context 'no better' emphasizes the comparative nature of the adjective. 'If you're not better...' sounds to me more final. To convey the same meaning, in that context, as 'If you're no better...' with 'not' the doctor would have to say 'If you're not getting better...'

    So in some contexts I think 'no + <adj>' doesn't mean quite the same as 'not + <adj>' . (But maybe this is one of those cases 5jj knows, where a teacher tries to find a difference where there is none. )

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    Re: Is it 'it's NO better!' or 'it's not better!'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post


    If a doctor said to me 'If it's no better in a week, come back' I wouldn't expect to be fully fit in a week. I think in that context 'no better' emphasizes the comparative nature of the adjective. 'If you're not better...' sounds to me more final. To convey the same meaning, in that context, as 'If you're no better...' with 'not' the doctor would have to say 'If you're not getting better...'

    So in some contexts I think 'no + <adj>' doesn't mean quite the same as 'not + <adj>' . (But maybe this is one of those cases 5jj knows, where a teacher tries to find a difference where there is none. )

    b
    Yes, I agree with you in the doctor context, Bob. I didn't think of that.

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