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    #1

    not / no as an answer

    Hi,

    A: Michael is not my friend.
    B: Not? / no?

    Which one should I use as an answer - not or no - to imply in the answer that he is not your friend?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: not / no as an answer

    No, or to be completely clear, No, he isn't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: not / no as an answer

    If what B says is a statement, it shouldn't have a question mark.

    A: Mark is not my friend.
    B: No (he's not/he isn't).

    A: Mark is not my friend.
    B: No?
    A: No, I'm quite certain he's not.
    (Here, B is almost asking for clarification or expressing surprise.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: not / no as an answer

    'Michael is not my friend' doesn't need an answer: it's not a question.

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