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    How to answer: is there any paper in your desk.

    The following is a test for English class students to choose a correct answer:

    Q----I want some more paper. John, do you have any in your desk?

    A----__________(Nothing/None).


    The students have to choose between 'nothing' and 'none'. I selected 'nothing', while the given answer is 'none'.

    I know someone could say: 'No, sorry'. But it is not there for us to choose.

    Is 'none' the right one there? Thank you.

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    Re: How to answer: is there any paper in your desk.

    This is a bad question.

    The normal answer would be "No, sorry" just as you say, or "I don't have any."

    I can't imagine ever answering "none."
    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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    Re: How to answer: is there any paper in your desk.

    If those are the only two choices, then it would have to be "None", being an abbreviation of "No, I have none". Having said that, we would rarely say that. We would say "No, I don't have any".

    I agree it's a bad question, or rather, it's a bad choice of answers.

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