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‘Not’ as an adverb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Not’ as an adverb.

1

“I could not even see where you were.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.

2

“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

3

Poor Margot was not in a fit state to bear any more.

From ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, by Baroness Orczy.

4

At first I could not make much sense of what I heard.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

5

He did not blame his wife for what was his own fault.

From ‘The Railway Children’, by Edith Nesbit.

6

“Mr. Rochester, I thought you were not fond of children?”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

7

“I shall not be easy till I have explained everything.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.

8

“You must not be too severe upon yourself,” replied Elizabeth.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

9

Again the poor man groaned; he looked as if he dared not move.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

10

“But why were you not there, Edward? — Why did you not come?”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

11

“Don’t be frightened,” he said; “tell me exactly what you want.”

From ‘The Phoenix and the Carpet’, by Edith Nesbit.

12

“I trust I am not too late. How is Mrs Reed? — Alive still, I hope.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

13

"My dear friend, he is not to be depended on. I wouldn’t trust him.”

From ‘Bleak House’, by Charles Dickens.

14

“Yet I could not live alone; so I tried the companionship of mistresses.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

15

“This is the only point, I flatter myself, on which we do not agree.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

16

Tom was not afraid of the dragon, although he had never spoken to one before.

From ‘The Book of Dragons’, by Edith Nesbit.

17

He would not be denied the satisfaction of sending them his newspaper every day.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

18

“Don’t be afraid, Jane, I saw it was an accident; you shall not be punished.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

19

“That is very true,” said Elizabeth; “though it had not occurred to me before.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

20

Certainly, since the mutiny began, not a man of them could ever have been sober.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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