Question by  babu (4)

What part of speech is the word "not"?

I am having a hard time understanding the different parts of speech.


Answer by  Phil97 (569)

Because the word, "not" modifies a verb, adjective or adverb, it is an adverb; Yet it is a special adverb because it can negate its modified item.


Answer by  oldmom (716)

The word "not" is an adverb, one that indicates negation. Although "not" does not end in "ly" as many adverbs do, it is an adverb nonetheless.

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