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    a house vs any houses

    Hi dear teachers!
    What is the difference between these sentences?

    They haven't yet bought a house .
    They haven't yet bought any houses .
    They are yet to buy a house.


    Thanks very much in advance.

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    Re: a house vs any houses

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hi dear teachers!
    What is the difference between these sentences?

    1.They haven't yet bought a house .
    2. They haven't yet bought any houses .
    3.
    They are yet to buy a house.

    Thanks very much in advance.
    #1 and #3 are similar in meaning, though I would use have rather than are in #3; in fact, my feeling is that are is unacceptable. #2 suggests that they are in the market for more than one house.

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    #3

    Re: a house vs any houses

    • They haven't yet bought a house. <one house>
    • They haven't yet bought any houses . <more than one house>



    • They are yet to buy a house.
      • It doesn't sound right to me. I'd use:
        • "They have yet to buy a house"
          • To me it could mean one of two things:
            1. they haven't started looking
            2. they have started looking

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    #4

    Re: a house vs any houses

    I didn't see you there.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    #1 and #3 are similar in meaning, though I would use have rather than are in #3; in fact, my feeling is that are is unacceptable. #2 suggests that they are in the market for more than one house.
    I'm happy to know that 1 and 3 are similar in meaning in the UK. I wasn't sure.

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