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    Usage of 'not a' and 'no'

    Do these sentences mean the same thing?

    1- There is not a pen on the table.

    2- There is no pen on the table.

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    Re: Usage of 'not a' and 'no'

    They're both possible. The first is likely to be used to negate a previous positive statement.

    Paul: There's a pen on the table.
    Jane: No! There's not a pen on the table.

    The second is just a statement of fact.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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