What is the difference between "no" and "not"? We know that "no" and "not" have the same meaning. I'm studying English. I hope to get help. Sorry for my language.

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NO negates the noun while NOT negates the verb.


  • There are NO people here. (noun being negated: people)
  • The people are NOT present. (verb being negated: to be (ARE NOT))
  • Nice and concise. – Bidella Apr 16 '12 at 1:08

No expresses a general negative, such as when disagreeing, or indicates an absence of any of a particular noun.

No, I do not like coffee.

There was no coffee in his house.

(According to wikipedia): Not is the declarative form of no.

I'm pretty sure it classifies as an adverb, and negates the action of the verb in the emphatic form (do + verb).

I did not go to school today.

The train did not arrive.

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