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I just wanted to complement the other answers. 不错 has two meanings, depending on the contexts: 1) it means "quite good", where it is actually a single word, and you CAN NOT treat it as 不 negating 错. Example: 你字写得不错啊。Your handwriting is pretty good. 2) it means "not wrong", where it is a compounded word, and you CAN think it of 不 negating 错. ...
Simply, 不错 means "quite good" in Chinese. It's a single word, not 错 with negating 不. More examples: 那个女孩长得不错. That girl is so beautiful. 这道菜不错. This dish is quite delicious. Moreover, 错 is a noun, and nouns should not appear after 不. Some verbs (usually actions like 看/听/去/吃) could appear after both 不 or 没有, but they usually have different meanings or ...
没(有) means not have 不 means not The confusion arises because 错 has multiple meanings: As a noun, it can mean an error. 没(有)错 means have no error. Or idiomatically, not wrong. As an adjective, it can mean bad. 不错 means not bad. This adjective is always used with 不 in front. (有) is usually omitted in conversation.
This particular example is completely idiomatic. 不错 is an adjective meaning 'not bad', the negation of 错 as verb 'to wrong; to mistake' is '没有错'. Generally 没有 is used in past tense or perfect tense to falsify a statement of fact; 不 is used in present or future tense to express (un)willingness. 没有： 你吃饭了么？Have you eaten? 我没有吃。I haven't. 不： ...
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