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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

  • A very common question I get all the time is, 'What's the difference between "no" and "not"?'

  • And this is a really good question because 'no' and 'not' are really common words in English, so it's important you are using them correctly.

  • Let's start with 'no' first.

  • One of the first uses of 'no' is to answer a question, right?

  • Do you like ice cream? No, I don't.

  • Do you like shopping? No, I don't.

  • The second way we use 'no' is before a noun phrase with no article.

  • So for example, we could say, 'No children allowed.'

  • No children allowed.

  • Or we could say, 'There's no way that we can do this.'

  • With 'children' and with 'way', there's no article before them, so we can use 'no'.

  • Now, when we're using 'not', one of the main uses of 'not' is to show the opposite of something.

  • For example, 'I do like ice cream.'

  • I do not like ice cream.

  • I do like shopping.

  • I do not like shopping.

  • We can also use 'not' with nouns that have articles and adjectives.

  • So for example, 'I want the blue one, not the red one.'

  • Not the red one.

  • Or we can say, 'He is not friendly.'

  • Friendly is an adjective, right?

  • So we can use 'not' before friendly.

  • He is not friendly.

  • So now you understand the basics of how to use 'no' and 'not'.

  • But just remember, these are very basic rules, and there will always be exceptions to the rules.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

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