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What is the difference between 'know' and 'no'?

What is the difference between 'know' and 'no'?

The words know and no are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings. But what is the difference?

No means not any when used as a determiner.

Know means to perceive the truth or factuality of; to be certain of or that when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is COME UP WITH SOMETHING HERE.

Out of the two words, 'no' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'know'.



### Should it be ', there is no' or ', there is know'? You should use ', there is no'. These phrases are often confused because they are homophones.

What's the correct phrase ', no matter how' or ', know matter how'?

The right phrase is ', no matter how'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Is the correct expression 'there can be no' or 'there can be know'?

You should use 'there can be no'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar sound.

Is the correct phrase ', no doubt ,' or ', know doubt ,'?

You should use ', no doubt ,'. These phrases are often confused because they sound similar.

Is the correct expression ', there was no' or ', there was know'?

The right expression is ', there was no'. These phrases are often confused because they have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

Some synonyms of know are: make out, hump, secern, couple, undergo.

Some synonyms of no are: element, no , nary, nay, chemical element.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Examples of know in a sentence

It’s in this world, that’s all I know, and I can’t go anywhere or do anything until I find it.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
I know this man,” Joe finally said.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
In fact, he firmly believed that he’d know his future wife the moment he saw her.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
Parting is all we know of heaven, And all we need of hell.
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
The students didnt know it then, but he was passing on an oral tradition that goes back centuries.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow

Examples of no in a sentence

Even Jared, who was already on his way to becoming a lawyer, would show no mercy.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
Answer: no, and no.
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
They had no idea.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
She slept in T-shirts, no panties.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
But he knew he was no longer alone.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels

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