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    No or not

    I want to know whether you have received money or not? Is this sentence correct?.

    I have also seen people using "no" instead of "not" in these kind of sentences. Please tell when to use "not" and when to use "no"?.

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    Re: No or not

    **** Not a teacher ****

    I think the sentence is correct. (using "not"). I tend to think of it like this: "Have you received the money (or not received it)?" This way there is no confusion for me.

    I have only seen Indian people use "no", so it may be correct in Indian English, but I am not sure. Please wait for confirmation from a teacher or a senior member of this forum.

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    #3

    Re: No or not

    "No" is not correct.

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    #4

    Re: No or not

    That is not a question and 'or not' is not required. Use 'the' before 'money'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: No or not

    Mike is right in saying "no" is not correct.
    Also, "the" may or may not be necessary. It depends on the context.

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    #6

    Re: No or not

    I heard people say 'whether or not' rather than 'whether or no', but I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: No or not

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Please tell when to use "not" and when to use "no."
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Mona: I want to marry James.
    Mona's mother: But he's only an actor.
    Mona: Whether he is an actor or no, I intend to marry him!

    (That is: "Whether he is an actor or no actor, I intend ...."

    I think, however, that in 2015, most Americans would simply use "not." Perhaps the use of "no" would sound a bit precious (much too elegant).

    I am pretty sure that most people would say, "Cold weather or not, I am going to the beach." Technically speaking, it should be "Cold weather or no [cold weather], I am ..."

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    You should say, "I don't care whether he is going or not" because that is short for "I don't care whether he is going or not going."


    Source: HARPER'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR (copyright 1941 and 1965) by John B. Opdycke, Ph.D.

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    #8

    Re: No or not

    I disagree that "or no" is somehow more correct or elegant.
    "Whether he is an actor or not [an actor]" makes as much if not more sense than "Whether he is an actor or no actor."
    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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    #9

    Re: No or not

    Parser, "no" is no longer current in English grammar. Some of your books are out of date.

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