"no one" "not one"

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What is the difference between "no one" and "not one"?
 

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That depends. May I see the sentences with those phrases?
 

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That depends. May I see the sentences with those phrases?
can you tell differences in general?

They have a wonderful time and luckily no one was injured.

They have a wonderful time and luckily not one was injured.

They have a wonderful time and luckily none was injured.
 

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Can you tell the differences in general?

They had a wonderful time, and luckily no one was injured.

They had a wonderful time and luckily not one was injured.

They had a wonderful time and luckily none was injured.

Two things. I would use "were" in the last sentence. (Do you know why?) Also, were they doing something dangerous?

Without additional information I have no reason to make any distinction between them.
 
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Write it as one word like this: no-one

The correct sentence is:

Luckily, no-one was injured.

In this sentence, no-one means nobody.

The other words not one and none do not have this meaning so they are incorrect in your sentences.
 

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Two things. I would use "were" in the last sentence. (Do you know why?) Also, were they doing something dangerous?

Without additional information I have no reason to make any distinction between them.
It comes from the English Grammar Today. There isn't any more.
 

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That does rather depend on context. If the previous sentence were Twelve dogs were entered for the race, then not one and none would be more appropriate than nobody
But it's about people.
 

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'No one' means 'no person', so it can't be used for animals. [click]
 

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Could you please explain why only "no one" works if it's about people?

You could get the others to work with further context. This is a problem of looking at standalone sentences without context.
 

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Read lots more replies here.

EDIT: and here.
 
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