We are working on a technical manual and we'd like to have a word that is opposite to the word "Not".

Generally, the accepted way to address this is to omit the word itself. In this case however, it would be extremely useful to have a clear placeholder word to indicate the absence of "Not".

We've tried Isn't but that presents issues with conjugation. We've also tried replacing the word "Not" entirely but it doesn't work either.

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    (a) There is no opposite to the word Not. The word Not IS the concept of "opposite". (b) Without some examples of the text you are trying to modify, and some idea of what kind of result you want, your question is impossible to understand, let alone answer reasonably. Language is not engineering, and simple "opposites" do not exist. – John Lawler Feb 26 '20 at 16:23
  • I sense the oncoming of a lot of not-not jokes ... – High Performance Mark Feb 26 '20 at 16:44
  • "Ton", obviously! – Hot Licks Feb 26 '20 at 17:27
  • Can you give us some context? Even if there isn’t a general antonym, there might be a specific one that works for your particular need. – Global Charm Feb 28 '20 at 2:53

'So' is the opposite of not.

Is it true that geese can fly ?

  1. No, it is not.

  2. Yes, it is so.

  • It is definitely not an exact antonym. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 26 '20 at 18:24
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    @EdwinAshworth It is definitely so, an exact antonym. :) – Nigel J Feb 26 '20 at 19:07
  • Nice try but no cigar. And try 'It is not even a near antonym'. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 26 '20 at 20:49

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