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    Default no chairs vs no chair

    Is there really any difference between these sentences?
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think they are merely different ways of expressing the same thing.

    There are no chairs in this room. Vs There is no chair in this room.

    There isn't a chair in this room. vs There are not chairs in this room.

    Thanks very much indeed.
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    Default Re: no chairs vs no chair

    There are no chairs in this room.
    There isn't a chair in this room.
    These are the only correct versions.

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    Default Re: no chairs vs no chair

    What about this one?

    There is no chair in this room.

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    Default Re: no chairs vs no chair

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    What about this one?

    There is no chair in this room.
    It's grammatically correct but not commonly used by native speakers.

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    Default Re: no chairs vs no chair

    If you're talking about a general absence of chairs, then we would rarely use "There is no chair in this room".

    If you're talking about the absence of one chair, then we might.

    I entered the room but there was no chair for me, so I went to get one from another room.

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