"Not" is often contracted to "-n't" with modal and auxiliary verbs. This is especially the case for dialogues and informal writing.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (with auxiliary verbs)
a. no
I am not the kind of person you think I am.No soy la clase de persona que tú crees que soy.
She does not have any money.No tiene dinero.
2. (with modal verbs)
a. no
He would not like it if he found you at his computer.No le haría ninguna gracia encontrarte utilizando su computadora.
You must not tell lies.No debes decir mentiras.
3. (preceding an infinitive clause)
a. no
We swore not to tell anybody about that night.Juramos que no le diríamos nada a nadie sobre esa noche.
4. (as a conjunction with "that")
a. no
I had to do it myself; not that it matters, but what do we pay him for?Lo tuve que hacer yo misma; no es que me importe, pero ¿para qué le pagamos?
5. (replacing a negative answer)
a. no
Are you angry with me? - Of course not!¿Estás enfadada conmigo? - ¡Claro que no!
Is it going to rain? - I hope not!¿Va a llover? - ¡Espero que no!
6. (negating a specific word)
a. no
Not everybody would agree with you.No todo el mundo estaría de acuerdo contigo.
b. ni
Not one word of comfort coming from him!¡Ni una palabra de consuelo salió de su boca!
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En el inglés hablado, y en el escrito en estilo coloquial, not se contrae después de verbos modales y auxiliares.
1. no
  • not me/him yo/él no
  • I don't know no sé
  • don't move! ¡no te muevas!
  • whether she likes it or not le guste o no
  • I think/hope not creo/espero que no
  • she asked me not to tell him me pidió que no se lo dijera
  • not wishing to cause an argument, he said nothing como no deseaba provocar una discusión, no dijo nada
  • you understand, don't you? entiendes, ¿no?
  • not at all en absoluto
  • thank you so much! — not at all! ¡muchísimas gracias! — ¡de nada! or ¡no hay de qué!
  • not always no siempre
  • not any more ya no
  • not even ni siquiera
  • not only… but also… no sólo… sino también…
  • not yet todavía no, aún no
  • not that I minded no es que me importara
  • not that it matters no es que importe
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not [nɒt]
1 (with vb)
The word [not] is often contracted to [n't] on the end of modals, auxiliaries and parts of the verb [to be] in everyday language.
I'm not sure no estoy seguro
he's not here he isn't here no está aquí
it wasn't me yo no fui; it's too late, isn't it? es demasiado tarde, ¿no?; you owe me money, don't you? me debes dinero, ¿verdad? or ¿no es cierto?; especially (LAm)
she won't go she will not go no irá
I don't think she'll come now ya no creo que venga
he asked me not to do it me pidió que no lo hiciera
fear not! ¡no temas!
I hope not espero que no
I suppose not supongo que no
to tell sb not to do sth decir a algn que no haga algo
I think not creo que no
not thinking that ... sin pensar que ...
2 (with pronoun etc)
not one ni uno; not me/you etc yo/tú etc no; not I! ¡yo no!; not everybody can do it no lo puede hacer cualquiera; no todos pueden hacerlo; not any more ya no
3 (in expressions)
absolutely not! ¡en absoluto!
not at all (after verb) no ... en absoluto; (responding to thanks) ¡de nada!; ¡no hay de qué!
I don't mind at all no me importa en absoluto; it doesn't hurt at all no duele nada de nada; no duele para nada; "are you cold?" — "not at all!" —¿tienes frío? —¡en absoluto! or —¡qué va!; "you don't mind?" — "not at all!" —¿no te importa? —¡en absoluto!; he's not at all selfish no es nada egoísta
certainly not! ¡en absoluto!
of course not! ¡claro que no!
not a few ... no pocos ...
not a few people will be distinctly relieved at this turn of events the game seems to be very attractive to not a few people in the Soviet Union
not for anything (in the world) por nada (del mundo)
not guilty no culpable
the not inconsiderable sum of £30,000 la nada despreciable suma de 30.000 libras
not likely! ¡ni hablar!
with not a little surprise con no poca sorpresa
are you coming or not? ¿vienes o no?
whether you go or not tanto si vas como si no
"did you like it?" — "not really" —¿te gustó? —no mucho
big, not to say enormous grande, por no decir enorme
the young and the not so young los jóvenes y los no tan jóvenes
I shan't be sorry to see the last of him no voy a sentirlo cuando lo pierda de vista
not that I don't like him no es que no me guste
not that I know of no que yo sepa
why not? ¿por qué no?
not without some regrets no sin cierto pesar
not yet todavía no
they haven't arrived yet todavía no han llegado
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