Do adjectives with "not" go before or after the noun they refer to? For example:

  1. A not funny guy
  2. A guy not funny

Which of these is correct?


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We don't tend to use adjectives like this:

Either use an adjective with the opposite meaning

an unfunny guy

a humourless guy

Or use a clause

a guy who is not funny

None of these expressions are sentences. In a sentence you could say

That guy is not funny.


The negation ("not") goes before all of the adjectives, including the article adjectives (a, the). He is not a funny guy.

For multiple negated adjectives, add the conjunction "nor": He is not a funny nor a nice guy.

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