not

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not is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
not
See also -n't

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Adverb[change]

Positive
not

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. "Not" makes the verb of a sentence have the opposite meaning.
    I was not there.
    I am not fat!

Usage[change]

Conjunction[change]

Conjunction
not

  1. The item before "not" is more correct or better than the item after "not".
    I wanted tea, not coffee!
    Meaning: I wanted tea. I did not want cofee.
    It's stupid, not funny.
    Meaning: It is stupid. It is not funny.

Interjection[change]

Interjection
not!

  1. Used to indicate the sentence before is sarcastic or ironic. This means that the sentence has the opposite meaning.
    I like doing lots of boring homework. Not!
    Meaning: I do not like doing lots of boring homework.

Related words[change]

Words ending in -n't are short ways of writing not after some words. For example, didn't means did not.

ain't, aren't, can't, doesn't, don't, didn't, hadn't, hasn't, haven't, isn't, mightn't, needn't, shan't, shouldn't, wasn't, won't, wouldn't.
cannot, have-not

Some other words used to for negation are:

never, neither, no, & nor