What is more correct, No, of course not or Of course not? For example if I am asked:

Would you mind looking after my bag?

I can answer

Of course not.

But if I answer

No, of course not.

Is it correct too? I do understand that they have the same sense. In my view No, of course not is slightly overloaded.

  • Note you could also answer in the affirmative and it would mean the same thing, even if it's not technically correct. E.g. "Would you mind looking after my bag?" "Sure!"
    – wjandrea
    Commented Aug 3, 2019 at 17:13

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Both of the original poster's examples are correct and natural in Standard English. Which one is used depends on whether the person responding first thought to say "No", or first thought to say "Of course".

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