Student or Learner
Which sentence is correct and why?
1/ There were no spectators at the match.
2/There were not spectators at the match.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) As I understand it,
(a) "There were no spectators at the match" is considered stronger than " There were not any spectators at the match."
(2) For example, if you asked a friend for a loan, which answer do you think would be the ruder:
(i) I have no money. Go away!
(ii) Oh, I'm so sorry, but I do not have any money. (Notice the distance between the negative word "not" and the noun "money.")
I'm sorry, I have no money = I'm sorry I haven't got any money = I'm sorry, I don't have any money.