I made two sentences:
1. "They did not pay any attention"
2. "They paid no attention"
Q1: Are they both correct?
Q2: What's the difference between these two sentences.
Q3: Which expression is better and when to use it?
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The two sentences are both valid and good English. Both are commonly used by fluent speakers. They mean pretty much the same thing. I haven't checked any statistics, but I'd guess that #1 is more common. #2 sounds a little more formal. But either is fine.