Non vs. no

bunni7 May 18, 2014, 12:40 am
I'm wondering what the difference is between non and no? My basic understanding was that the Italian non is used similarly to "not" in English, and that the Italian no simply means "no" in English. However, why do we:

Use "no" here:
Perché no? Why not? (Lesson 5.3)

But "non" here:
Perché non andiamo stasera? Why don't we go tonight? (Lesson 1.4)

Thanks so much.
Non vs. no
John-H8 June 1, 2014, 9:27 pm
Hi Bunni,

No is an adverb indicates negation/ disagreement, e.g., no grazie/no thanks; stai bene? No. Are you well? No. Answer yes or no to a question.

Non means not or non in English.
Examples: non alcaholic/non alcaholico adj

non-believer n
non credente m. e f. ...

Non ancora
Not yet

Non adesso
Not now.

Non andare!
Don't go!

Non capisco niente!
I do not understand anything!

Examples from lesions that you gave

Use "no" here:
Perché no? Why not? (Lesson 5.3)

Perché non andiamo stasera? Why don't we go tonight? (Lesson 1.4)

are correct.
Non vs. no
bunni7 June 2, 2014, 12:30 am
John, grazie mille per la risposta utile.
Non vs. no
John-H8 June 2, 2014, 2:08 am
Prego!
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Maria-DiLorenzi June 9, 2014, 1:24 pm
Tutto perfetto John, eccetto:

Examples:
non alcoholic = non alcolico

Non vs. no
albagli January 5, 2017, 3:35 pm
Grazie, questo è molto utile anche per me!
Non vs. no

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