Hi all,

What is the difference between the sentence "It's no big deal." and "It's not a big deal."?
In my understanding, "no" is supposed to come before noun. And, "not" usually comes before adjective.
Is that correct?

Thank you,
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SarunnioHi all,

What is the difference between the sentence "It's no big deal." and "It's not a big deal."?
In my understanding, "no" is supposed to come before noun. And, "not" usually comes before adjective.
Is that correct?

Thank you,

To me, they're the same in meaning and frequency. The other question I'll leave to others.
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Hi,

What is the difference between the sentence "It's no big deal." and "It's not a big deal."? The meaning is certainly similar. However, the use of 'no' in this way makes the negative more emphatic. Compare He's not a cook to He's no cook. His food tastes terrible.

In my understanding, "no" is supposed to come before noun. The above kind of usage is also valid. Then there's 'No smoking is allowed' (gerund). Perhaps other cases, too.

And, "not" usually comes before adjective. How about Tom is not a woman or Mary is not president of the company or Jim is not here? etc.

Best wishes, Clive
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