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Knot vs Not


Knot vs Not. Do not untie the knot in the line or the boat will drift away. Sail away with perfect writing by using ErrNET copyediting technology!

Knot is a noun that means a fastening made by tying a piece of string, rope, or something similar; a tangled mass in something such as hair; a knob, protuberance, or node in a stem, branch, or root; an unpleasant feeling of tightness or tension in a part of the body; a unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour, used especially of ships, aircraft, and winds.

Not is an adverb that means used with an auxiliary verb or “be” to form the negative; used as a short substitute for a negative clause; used to express the negative of other words; used in understatements to suggest that the opposite of a following word or phrase is true.

Knot and not are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. These words can get confused and misused in English writing. Don’t get your panties in a knot, just use ErrNET proofreading technology!

Knot sentence examples:

I tie my shoe laces in a triple knot when I go running to be sure they won’t come undone.

When the knot in the bowline came undone, the boat drifted out into the lake.

She tied the knot in her belt so tight that she had difficulty breathing.

The young couple was in love and decided to tie the knot.

One of the essential survival skills taught in Boy Scouts is how to tie a good knot.

The knot was so tight that I could not get it undone so I had to cut it with a knife.

I was so nervous to get up on stage and perform that I had a huge knot in my stomach.

Not sentence examples:

“This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful wife,” is a lyric from the song “Once in a Lifetime” by the rock band Talking Heads.

I am not your girlfriend so stop trying to get into my pants.

This is definitely not what I had planned on for this evening.

She had so much promise but her life did not turn out the way she expected.

This is not your house so please stop helping yourself to everything.


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