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    #1

    Using "no" at the end of a sentence

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello again!

    Do the sentences below mean the same?

    He often stuffs himself with sweets =? He often fills up on sweets.

    Thank you.
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    They don't necessarily mean the same, no. The person in question might have a voracious appetite and be able to eat a huge quantity of food without feeling full. If he stuffs himself, then he eats a lot but we don't know for sure that he is full. In BrE at least, to "stuff yourself" simply means "to eat a large quantity". Bear in mind, though, that saying "I'm stuffed" means "I'm full. I don't think I could eat another thing".
    In the above quote, I would like to know the function of the word "no".
    Is there any difference in meaning between #1 and #2?

    1. They don't necessarily mean the same, no.
    2. No, they don't necessarily mean the same.

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    #2

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    The first is more colloquial and less direct IMO.

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    #3

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    Is #1 used in spoken English?

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    #4

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    It is, yes.

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    #5

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    Does the "no" in #1 reflect a firm or an emphasized "no"? The user/speaker uses a "don't" in the beginning.
    Last edited by whitechalk; 21-Nov-2013 at 12:13. Reason: Deleting the "s" in "reflect"

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    #6

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by whitechalk View Post
    Does the "no" in #1 reflects a firm or an emphasized "no"? The user/speaker uses a "don't" in the beginning.
    Not necessarily, no. I see it as a one-word summary of the content of the preceding clause.

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    #7

    Re: Using "no" at the end of a sentence

    It's common in speech here. I rarely see it in writing.
    Maybe it's because I tend to write "No , ..." when someone asked me if something is right, and it isn't. Maybe it's less polite, but it's easier to understand.

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