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    "Tom has no fathers"

    I think the following sentences are both correct.

    1.I have no brother.
    2.I have no brothers.
    3. There is no bottle on the table.
    4. There are no bottles on table.

    A kid asked me and he said " I have no or There is no" means zero. Why do we use plural nouns after "zero"? He also said it is impossible to say "Tom has no fathers" because everyone has only one father.

    Do you think it is difficult to answer?

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    Re: "Tom has no fathers"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1.I have no brother.
    2.I have no brothers.

    Both of these are fine; the first seems to me to be more emphatic. Probably more natural would be "I haven't got any brothers" or, for some, "I don't have any brothers".

    3. There is no bottle on the table.
    4. There are no bottles on table.

    Both of these are fine; the first seems to me to be more emphatic. Probably more natural would be "There aren't any bottles on the table".

    A kid asked me and he said " I have no or There is no" means zero. Why do we use plural nouns after "zero"?
    'No' can be taken to mean 'not one' (singular noun) or 'not any' (plural noun).

    He also said it is impossible to say "Tom has no fathers" because everyone has only one father.
    In those societies in which only one person is accepted as a child's father (i.e., most societies), it would be unnatural to say "Tom has no fathers"
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