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    Have faith or no

    "Do you have faith or no" or "not?". In these kind of sentences where to use no and where to use not. How to decide it?.

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    Re: Have faith or no

    Using "no" instead of "not" is heard, particularly in Scottish dialects but most of us don't use it. It is much safer for you to stick with "not" in this construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Have faith or no

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Where to use "no" and where to use "not"?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    As the teacher told us, you would never go wrong if you simply used "not" in all such sentences.

    But the older rule is this:

    1. If you are referring to a verb, then use "not."

    a. "Do you have faith or [do you] not [have faith]?"

    2. In older English, "no" was used when referring to a noun.

    a. "I am going to the beach tomorrow, rain or no [rain]."

    b. Personally, I like 2a, for it sounds really elegant.

    i. I realize, however, that most people today would use "not."

    ii. Don't be surprised, however, if you see "no" in older literature.

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    Re: Have faith or no

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    As the teacher told us,
    The person who told us is not 'the teacher'. emsr2d2 is one of several teachers who respond in this forum. Even if she were the only teacher, it would be more natural, in my opinion, to refer to her by name.

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