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    #1

    There is not water in the bottle.

    1. There is not water in the bottle.
    2. Because this book treats concepts of language and grammar so thoroughly, there is not room in it for the cultural and anecdotal material that an experienced teacher of Greek brings to the classroom situation as an enrichment. (Introduction to Attic Greek, page ix)

    Are the above sentences acceptable to native speakers?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: There is not water in the bottle.

    Sentence 1 should use no rather than not.

    Sentence 2 is fine.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: There is not water in the bottle.

    2 is OK because its meaning, in effect, is "there is not enough room ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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