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Difference between negating with 안 and -지 않다

There are two ways to negate Korean verbs: By prepending 안 ("안 춥다") By appending -지 않다 ("춥지 않다") Are there rules for which one to use? Or does the method used change the meaning of the sentence?
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Double Negation in Korean "있어요" vs "없지는 않아요"

If you contrast (1) 나는 여자친구가 있어요. I have a girl friend. with (2) 나는 여자친구가 없지는 (없진) 않아요. I have a girl friend. the latter is constructed using double negation, '없지는' and '않아요'. What is the ...
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Can 있다 and 없다 be negated (with 안 or -지 않다)?

Clearly, if something is not present or does not exist, it's usually natural to say 없다, and likewise, it's usually natural to use 있다 when something exists or is there. But my question is — is it ...
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