Negation: Nouns & Pronouns for intermediate learners
In this lesson, we will learn about negative structures with nouns and pronouns. Do we have negative pronouns? How can we make a negative noun?
What Are Negative Nouns and Pronouns?
Negation with 'No'
'No' is a determiner. It can be used directly before nouns and change them into negative. Remember that the verb of the sentence must be affirmative. Take a look at the following examples:
Please note that 'no' can be used with both countable and uncountable nouns.
We can also use 'no' in signs and notices. Study the following examples please:
No or Not a/an?
When we have gradable nouns, we can use both 'no' and 'not' with them. Check out the following examples:
However, when we have non-gradable nouns, we mainly use 'not'. Take a look at the following examples:
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In English, we have some indefinite pronouns that are negative. They are used with affirmative sentences. Take a look at the following list to get a glimpse of them:
Now, let us see how some of them are used in sentences:
Answering Questions with 'No'
We can also use 'no' alone to answer a question negatively when it is a yes/no question. Take a look at the following example: