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Your suggestion is no different from that of the other employees.

Your suggestion is not different from that of the other employees.

Which is the correct word to use here no or not and what's the difficulty in their meaning ?

PS : while using no instead of not than sounds better to my ears than using from

I.e.

Your suggestion is no different than that of the other employees

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No and not are the two most common words we use to indicate negation.

but,

we use " no " before a " noun phrase " only

but we can use " not " with any other phrase or clause

in your sentence

" Your suggestion is no different from that of the other employees. "

is wrong , because " difference " is an adjective here not a noun

so,

" Your suggestion is not different from that of the other employees. "

is the correct answer.

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Your suggestion is not different from those of the other employees is correct. Your sentence carries a negative implication by adding not to the main verb is followed by the adjective different like She is not kind

  • Your first sentenceYour suggestion is no different from that of the other employees is wrong because there's no object and you can't use the determiner no followed by an adjective, it takes a noun here. So you can paraphrase the first sentence as There is no difference between your suggestion and those of the other employees

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