- For Teachers
Q: Does this engine use petrol?
B1: This engine uses petrol.
B2: This engine doesn't use petrol.
Q: Did you buy eggs?
D1: I bought eggs.
D2: I did not buy eggs.
Will you accept these questions & answers without "any" in them because the interest is not in the quantities?
Thank you all.
Do you also accept both of these?
1. I do not have children.
2. I do not have friends.
Without "some" or "any" before the plurals, will you feel a bit unnatural or weird with them?
Thanks a lot.
I appreciate your help.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) This is a family-oriented website, so I must be careful in how
I explain the following:
If I remember correctly, there was once a very famous
author who had "sentimental relationships" only with his own
gender. I believe that he once said something like:
I do not have friends, only lovers.
Like the petrol example, I guess that we can say that "friends"
and "lovers" refer to the type of acquaintances that he had.
Regarding your "children" example, I can well imagine a tired and
exasperated mother screaming:
I do not have children. I have monsters!