Dictionaries are united in calling not an adverb. What does not modify in the following sentence, and how does that answer make this usage of not an adverb? "Not one of us attended the concert."
This does seem confusing, Sven. Let me see if I can sort it out. An adverb modifies a verb, and adjective, or another adverb.
We attended the concert.
We is the subject. Attended is the verb.
We did not attend the concert.
Not is an adverb modifying the verb.
One of us attended the concert.
The subject (one) is modified by a prepositional phrase, acting as an adjective.
Not one of us attended the concert.
Not is an adverb modifying the adjective.
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