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What is the difference between no even a and not even a? Are they both interchangeable and equally correct? [EXAMPLES]:

  • There is not even a single pen.
  • There is no even a single pen.
  • I have not even a single pen.
  • I have no even a single pen.
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    Did you find "no even" used somewhere this way?
    – user3169
    Jun 24, 2015 at 21:20
  • @user3169 Yes, I searched on Google and found a number of results having "no even a".
    – Gurpreet
    Jun 25, 2015 at 2:22
  • Please add a couple of such quotes to your question. I suspect that it is a conjunction of two phrases, such as "I have to say no, even if..." (with or without the comma).
    – user3169
    Jun 25, 2015 at 2:59
  • All the results I found in a quick search were either probable typos or written by people who aren't native English speakers.
    – ssav
    Jun 26, 2015 at 13:49

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You are mixing two phrases:

  • There is no pen.
  • There is a single pen. -> There is not a single pen. -> There is not even a single pen.

Basically both sentences express the absence of something, the latter having a stonger emphasis.

But you can't write: There is no even a single pen.

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"Not even a" is correct. In some English dialects, speakers will drop the t and say "No even a single one." as a form of slang, but this is not correct.

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