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    #1

    Plural or singlular after "no and any"

    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentences are correct?

    Sentence1:
    There is no vacancy for a graduate trainee at present.
    Sentence2:
    There are no vacancies for a graduate trainee at present.

    Sentence3:
    We don't have any vacancy for a graduate trainee at present.
    Sentence4:
    We don't have any vacancies for a graduate trainee at present.

    Sentence5:
    There is no water, food and air.
    Sentence6:
    There are no water, food and air.


    Thanks

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    Re: Plural or singlular after "no and any"

    1 - 4 are OK; 2 and 4 could also have 'graduate trainees'; some would say they should - but I think the singular version sounds OK.

    6 is wrong. 5 should have 'or' in place of 'and' - 'no' should be followed by 'or', except where the 'and' is part of a recognized pair (such as 'There was no bacon and eggs, so I asked for toast. There was no toast and marmalade either, so I just had a croissant.')

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