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Should I use:

"This approach is not economic and user friendly blah blah ..."


"This approach is not economic and not user friendly blah blah ..."

Or anything else?

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closed as not a real question by MετάEd, aedia λ, Kristina Lopez, tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Mar 15 '13 at 1:35

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Welcome to English Language & Usage. Questions should be researched before asking, and the research results should be added to the question. Thanks. – MετάEd Mar 14 '13 at 15:46
Research? You mean Google? – Daniel Mar 14 '13 at 16:52
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You are correct that only using one not can be ambiguous about user-friendliness. However, using not twice is awkward. You could consider the following, of which I think I prefer the second.

This approach is not economic or user-friendly ...
This approach is neither economic nor user-friendly ...

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