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I know "I have no time." is correct.

I have no much time.

But as to "I have no much time." to mean "not enough time", the sentence seems to have self-contradiction in a sense.

Is the sentence correct?

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  • I'm not sure if there's any actual grammatical rule as to why I have no much time isn't "valid", but it definitely isn't acceptable. Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 19:05
  • You could say "I have not much time," but it would be unusual. "I have little time" is colloquial.
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 19:05
  • @FumbleFingers Yep, there is :-)
    – user230
    Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 19:07
  • I have no time = I do not have any time. I have no money - I don't have any money. Either you use /no/ or you put the verb in the negative and use any. They both mean exactly the same thing. If you add MUCH, you cannot use no. I don't have much time.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 1:14
  • @FumbleFingers I always appreciate your comments. Thank you. Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 6:57

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No, it is not correct.

"no much" is never correct, instead use "not much."

That is not much time.
Not much later, he left.

When using 'not', in general move the negative to before the verb:

I went not very far. (awkward) -->
I did not go very far. (correct)

So, the solution:

I have no much time. (wrong) -->
I have not much time. (awkward) -->
I do not have much time. (correct)
I don't have much time. (correct)

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  • I have not much time is not grammatical in English at all.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 1:15
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    @Lambie -- I strongly agree that it is not colloquial. That does not mean it isn't grammatical. "I haven't much" is actually still widely used -- I haven't much to say, I haven't much to offer, I haven't much time left. "I have not much" is just an uncontracted form of this grammatically correct (if awkward and archaic) phrasing. Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 7:21
  • JeremyDouglass Really? There is any argument here?? "I haven't much money, time or patience", of course. But not: I have not much money is simply not heard. What one actually hears is: I have little money; I've not got much money (often heard in British English but also other Englishes) and I don't have much money.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 14:38
  • So glad we agree on both what is common usage and that the correct answers given here are correct! Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 19:28
  • Isn't there any possibility to regard "I have not much time." as "I have {not much time}." instead of "I {have not} much time."? It seems like there is a debate whether "have not" form is grammatical or not. If instead we regard that sentence in a sense considering "not much" in relation with "time" rather than the verb "have", there can be no problem in my thought. But, I am not a good English speaker so I am not sure. :) Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 7:15

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