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The Use of No and Not


No



Not



Note: No and not are never used in the same sentence. For more information about double negatives, see Double Negatives.

CORRECT
INCORRECT
The politician had no time left for in-depth research. The politician did not have no time left for in-depth research.
The planner does not have any time today to go over your suggestions. The planner no has any time today to go over your suggestions.
The doctor does not have a minute to lose for a succesful operation. The doctor not has a minute to lose for a succesful operation.


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