In the English language, what is the opposite of 'not'?

  1. The "Indeed" is used to emphasize or in agreement, you can very well use it in the negative statement as well.

  2. This is because English speakers are always positive, so no need to have a word for the positive side of things, our positivity is implied.

  3. The way we use “do” is a bit odd to non-native speakers, I hear. And “not” has to be attached to a verb. Can not (cannot), do not, have not. You can’t just say “I not like that!” Or “I no go there!”

  4. This doesn’t apply to the veggie example as it would make no grammatical sense to add indeed to the meat clause unless there was a previous mention of meat.

  5. There isn't a true opposite. In your last example it would be "Yes, I am". The other examples there isn't a word that goes into the blank.

  6. A better answer I suppose is that we don't need an opposite word; the absence of 'not' is enough to suggest that it is.

  7. Saying “I do not eat veggies, but I do eat meat.” Is already a correct sentence. I think any sentence that you could say with “not,” you could say without “not” to make it an affirmative statement. If you want to emphasize the affirmative statement you could say something like “indeed”

  8. There is no direct opposite. Verbs are assumed to be positive until you say they are 'not.' I don't know if it is a carry over from latin, but it is the same in French and Spanish.

  9. Not doesn't really have an opposite. It's there just to negate a statement. And NOT negating a statement would just leave the original statement the way it was.

  10. There's isn't an opposite word because the absence of the word not has the opposite effect. In all your examples the absence of not creates the opposite.

  11. There is no real opposite of "not". The lack of it in a sentence implies the opposite. The examples you gave above were mostly complete and proper sentences. The exception being the last one, I'm not quite sure what you're expecting for the last blank space.

  12. It's not French, there is no opposite. You just use the verb, like "I am tall" or "I do eat meat". No other word is needed, it's understood.

  13. There's no opposite because `not` is a negation. So `I'm not bald` is the negation of `I'm bald`. In a pure mathematics sense, the opposite of `not` would be `not not` (but this is not allowed by grammar rules)

  14. You would only use "too" in response to someone directly denying a thing, though. You wouldn't say, "I don't eat vegetables, but I do too eat meat."

  15. It's an adverb (in this case) which modifies the meaning of a verb. 'I do' - the verb is the 'doing' word, do. (I walk. I talk. I eat. I sleep and so on) An adverb modifies the action of the verb 'I do not'

  16. So. It is not. It is so. I am not going. You are so going. He can not do that. He can so do that. It is not true. It is so true.

  17. not is simply a negation or the opposite of true, the only way to express a true is by saying true. false is expressed by negating a true.

  18. "not" is a negation, and negations do not have further negation because they themselves are used to negate other statements.

  19. In some sense, it is take for granted that the sentence is enunciated in a positive manner. Even using the word "do" emphasizes the affirmation. You cannot use double negation too.

  20. "Not" is an adverb, so it is by definition a word which modifies or qualifies an adjective or verb. As a negating modifier it doesn't have it's own opposing word, it is simply used to modify a sentence ("I did the thing") into the negated version of that sentence ("I did not do the thing").

  21. We just emphasize the 'is'/'do' etc verb -- I don't eat rocks, I do eat food. There's no opposite to 'not' because 'do' is the opposite of the phrase 'do not.'

  22. I mean a lot of languages are like that. French for example. J’ai faim (I’m hungry), je n’ai pas faim (I’m not hungry) the n’ pas (often ne pas) is ‘not.’ I guess I don’t know many languages but the one’s I do know have the affirmative as the default and the negative has extra grammar

  23. Not it's more of like an additive word, it doesn't stand on its own necessarily, it's to specify when something is... Well not existent, but if it is existent then it doesn't need any specification, so the opposite word doesn't exist

  24. The opposite of "not" is simply leaving the "not" out. Those blank lines in your first two examples don't get filled with anything. They are fine as is.

  25. There simply is none. In English a statement is automatically positive, unless words are added to turn it negative

  26. “Indeed” works well in the examples you provide, if you want to provide emphasis. Otherwise just the omission of “not” works.

  27. There's no opposite needed. For emphasis you can use any positive adverb such as "certainly" but there's no direct opposite.

  28. lots of comments saying ‘indeed’. id also suggest ‘certainly’ but not sure if it fits all contexts

  29. You must be searching for a mutated form of the word 'yes' that can be used to affirm the positive tone of a statement like in other germanic languages e.g. "Es gibt ja ein wort das man benutzen kann" "det fins jo et ord som man kan bruke". Sadly I don't think such a equivalent word exists in English and even if it once did it must have been done away with long before Shakespear's time. Instead you use words like 'definitely' 'absolutely' 'certainly' 'indeed' and the like to express a similar tone of voice, so for example depending on the context the above sentences can be translated as 'There certainly is a word that one can use'. And additionally as others have mentioned, if the first verb in the sentence isn't be/am/is/are/were/was, putting the word 'do' in front of the first verb achieves a similar effect.

  30. I mean, the word "not" doesn't really hold much meaning in and of itself. It kind of just works to negate whatever it is being said. So the opposite of whatever it's negating or voiding is just what that thing is. Aka, you can just get rid of it and the meaning will change.

  31. Not is an altering word, think of not as a word that changes the meaning of what is around it rather than having a meaning itself. Everything that not touches is the opposite.

  32. It's like how positive numbers are 1, 2, 3, and negative numbers are -1, -2, -3.Something is assumed to be positive unless it has this "not" indicator. There's no opposite for "not" because it feels unnecessary.

  33. You just remove the not. the sentences with blanks you have shown are correct if you just remove the blank.

  34. It's not about emphasis, as some people have said, it's more related to the concept of markedness in linguistics. "Not-something' is marked, whereas only "something" is unmarked. Therefore the opposite of not is just "it". And since we're talking about this, you should read about Gorgias and his debate against Parmenides :)

  35. The lack of “not” is the opposite. There isn’t a single word used in the same way with the opposite meaning. The sentence with the word “not” has one meaning, and the sentence without it means the opposite.

  36. There isn't an opposite of "not". It's kinda like positive and negative numbers, where there's an indicator for negatives but not one for positives. Positives are like "1, 2, 3", while negatives are like "**-**1, **-**2, **-**3". So you'd say "I do not like meat, but I do like veggies" for example

  37. Technically, the opposite of "not" is closest to the word "is", but more often, you just get rid of the word "not". In your first two examples, rather than using a word that is opposite of "not" you would just get rid of the word and it makes sense.

  38. its an auxiliary word only used as a negative to verbs . there is no opposite, to not use it is the opposite.

  39. Maybe certainly? Both are adverbs. "not" means you won't do something, "certainly" means you will do something. For some reason, you always need not when you want to express the fact that you won't do something, but you don't need an equivalent adverb to express the fact you will do something.

  40. If you need a word to act as an affirmative, 'the opposite of not', it would be "indeed" or "actually". You generally don't need to use it unless you really need to emphasize something, especially if someone might be thinking you don't do that thing, or if that person is doubting you.

  41. All of those except the last are complete statements, and don't need a word added. the word 'not' doesn't have an opposite in of itself, but the word transforms a statement into it's opposite; 'not tall' is the opposite of 'tall' for example.

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