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    #1

    no vs. not

    Dear Friends,

    Can you see any difference in meaning between:

    He is not a genius. vs. He is no genius.?

    Thanks a lot.

    Best,

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: no vs. not

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Can you see any difference in meaning between:

    He is not a genius. vs. He is no genius.?

    Thanks a lot.

    Best,

    Palinkasocsi
    They mean the same thing, but they'd be used in different contexts. The second is more likely to be used sarcastically.

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