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Know vs no

Know means to be certain of a particular truth or fact, to be acquainted or familiar with, to understand or experience. Related words are knows, knews, knowing, knowable. Know comes from the Old English word cnawan, which means to know, to acknowledge, to declare.

No means not any, not so, not to any degree, emphatically not, not a one, a negative answer. No may be used as an adverb, an adjective, a noun, or an exclamation. No is the opposite of yes, the plural form is noes. The word no is derived from the Old English words na and nan. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, no is one of the top one thousand most frequently used words in the English language.


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Examples

The young are lucky and it is hard to avoid the suspicion that they know so. (The Financial Times)

We actually know that for many men, active surveillance – close monitoring with technologies like the new MRI that make it more accurate to know whether it’s progressing – is a very good choice for many men with early prostate cancer. (U.S. News & World Report)

If you haven’t been paying attention to this season, here’s everything you need to know — because trust us, it’s very easy to accidentally find yourself glued to the TV for the entire three-hour (!) show (The Washington Post)

China’s Premier Li Keqiang defended the government’s economic policies on Wednesday, vowing there would be no mass layoffs and no hard landing for the world’s second-largest economy even as the government presses ahead with painful reforms. (Reuters)

Female deputies in Iran are suing a conservative male colleague after he declared in a video that parliament was no place for “donkeys and women”. (The Guardian)

The 88th Academy Awards were held in Hollywood on Sunday night, and — as promised — host Chris Rock wasted no time in talking about the elephant in the room. (The Rolling Stone Magazine)

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