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    confusing

    Hi there
    Would you tell which answer is correct, please? Thank you.
    Is there ______ cat under the chair?
    No, there isn't. There are four cats under the chair.
    (a) a (b) one

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    Re: confusing

    Both could be correct.

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    Re: confusing

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hi there
    Would you tell which answer is correct, please? Thank you.
    Is there ______ cat under the chair?
    No, there isn't. There are four cats under the chair.
    (a) a (b) one
    You are supposed to tell us what you think first.

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    Re: confusing

    Hi Rover
    I just don't understand the difference between the following (a) and (b).
    Is the idea they convey the same? Please help me with the answer. Thanks!

    (a) Is there a cat under the chair? No, there isn't.
    (b) Is there one cat under the chair? No, there isn't.

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    Re: confusing

    The question-and-answer in this test question are not a likely real-life situation.

    If I ask "Is there a cat under my chair" I am not asking "Is there one, and only one, cat there?" I am asking if "presence of cat(s)=yes." One cat, two cats, or four cats would all be "yes." Zero cats would be "no."

    Likewise, if I asked "Are there any cats under my chair" I am not asking "Are there at least two cats, so that it's plural?" so that "one cat" would earn a response of "no."

    It is possible to create a situation when the person asking such a question really does want to know "is there one and no more than one" of something, but that's not the norm.

    This is a bogus question.If someone asks "is there a cat under my chair" and is told "no," the understanding would "zero cats" not "there are cats, but not only one cat."

    The only way to make this question even slightly real is to change "a cat" to "one cat" so that the "no, there are four" response fit reality.
    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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