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    Default There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    1. There are no students in the classroom.
    2. There is no student in the classroom.

    If we refer to an countable noun, is it mandatory to use " There are " with a plural noun.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Yes, you use plural verb forms with plural nouns.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    When we turn to abstract nouns, do we use singular verb forms with singular nouns?

    e.g There is no comment....
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 04-Jan-2013 at 18:14.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    We always use singular forms with singular nouns and plural forms with plural nouns.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Well, actually...
    We often SAY (not write) "There's... " for a plural. Only the contracted form, not "There is."

    There's a few things we can do here.


    But your original sentence will be more natual with the plural: there are no students. We rarely say "there is no [single thing]" to mean that the room is empty.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We always use singular forms with singular nouns and plural forms with plural nouns.
    Thanks again,SoothingDave.

    1. There is no comment....
    2. There are no comments

    I think sentence 1 is correct and sentence 2 is wrong. Am I correct?

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks again,SoothingDave.

    1. There is no comment....
    2. There are no comments

    I think sentence 1 is correct and sentence 2 is wrong. Am I correct?
    They are both possible.

    Q - Is there a comment under the post?
    A - There is no comment under the post.

    Q - How many comments are there under the post?
    A - There are no comments under the post.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks again,SoothingDave.

    1. There is no comment....
    2. There are no comments

    I think sentence 1 is correct and sentence 2 is wrong. Am I correct?
    Each is possible in the right context. But if you are just saying that there are no comments, then we use the plural.

    We could say something like "there is no comment in that field of the form."

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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. There is no comment....
    2. There are no comments

    I think sentence 1 is correct and sentence 2 is wrong. Am I correct?
    In view of what Dave and Barb had already written, that is a strange conclusion to come to.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: There is/are no student(s) in the classroom

    Are abstract nouns usually used with singular verb forms with no?
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 04-Jan-2013 at 19:30. Reason: Edit without the knowedge of a reply from a member

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