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Ways of saying no


adverb, determiner

used for giving a negative answer to something that someone asks or offers you

certainly not

used for saying no or for refusing permission in a strong clear way

by no means

used as a way of emphasizing a negative statement

of course not

used for saying “no” very definitely in answer to a question

not really

used for saying “no” without being very definite

on no account/not on any account

used to say in a strong and definite way that something must not happen or be done



used for answering “no,” when you think someone has suggested something that is impossible

no way

used for saying that you will definitely not do something or that something will definitely not happen

no dice

used for saying that something is not possible, especially when someone asks you for something



used for making a sentence, expression, or word negative


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