I am going to say I'm better than my friend. What do I say if I want to use the negative sentence?

  1. I no worse than you.
  2. I am not worse than you.
  3. I am no worse than you.

I have my doubt because I'm not familiar with "I am no..." (Perhaps if this is the correct sentence, you could give me examples about "I am no..."?).

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Your first suggestion is incorrect. The others are both correct and have very similar meanings, but have slightly different usages.

"I am not worse than you" is a direct contradiction of the statement "I am worse than you". It is most likely to be used as a response to the suggestion that I am worse.

"I am no worse than you" is a reference to the idea that there is a scale of badness, and states that I am better or level with you on that scale. It is more often used than the other (see Google ngram https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=No+worse+than+you%2Cnot+worse+than+you&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2CNo%20worse%20than%20you%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cnot%20worse%20than%20you%3B%2Cc0 ).

Generally I would use your third alternative.

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