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           Which are correct:
 
 
1) He explained it to me in no few words.
2) He explained it to me, not in few words.
3) He didn't explain it to me in few words.


4) He explained it to me, not in a few words.
5) He didn't explain it to me in a few words.
Gratefully,
Navi
 
 
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navi posted:
           Which are correct:
 
 
1) He explained it to me in no few words.
2) He explained it to me, not in few words.
3) He didn't explain it to me in few words.


4) He explained it to me, not in a few words.
5) He didn't explain it to me in a few words.

Hello, Navi: Sentence (1) is the only idiomatically correct sentence of the bunch. I don't find any of them ungrammatical. The others are bad to various degrees. I can't decide whether I find (2), (3), or (5) the worst. If you don't like (1), I don't recommend ruining it by changing it to one of the other four sentences. I recommend this instead:

6) He spared no words in explaining it to me.

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