If some sentence starts with 'No + noun + verb', is this the same as 'Noun + negative + verb'? The meaning is negative in both cases, I think, but is it the same?
- No reason was given for the change of plan. (= ~ wasn't given ~)
- "No one built them," answered the man with the star. (= "~ didn't build ~)
- Nothing is slowing down. (= ~ isn't ~)
- Nobody called. (= ~ didn't call)
So I wonder if it is right or not to call these equivalent?
I'm confused whenever I see a sentence that starts with 'No + noun' as to what is negated, and whether the meaning changes depending on where the negative is put.
Is there a way how I can understand what the rule is?