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    #1

    a man wasn't

    Can one say:
    1-A man wasn't in the house.
    instead of:
    2-There wasn't a man in the house.


    I would use '1' in the following contexts:
    a-We thought there was a man in the house. But a man wasn't in the house. A woman was.

    or:

    b-When we counted all the men and women, we realized that a man wasn't in the house and that man was John.

    (a specific man was missing)

    But I don't think one would use '1' if one simply wants to say that there was no man in the house.

    Am I correct?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: a man wasn't

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-A man wasn't in the house.
    instead of:
    2-There wasn't a man in the house.


    I would use '1' in the following contexts:
    a-We thought there was a man in the house. But a man wasn't in the house. A woman was.

    or:

    b-When we counted all the men and women, we realized that a man wasn't in the house and that man was John.

    (a specific man was missing)

    But I don't think one would use '1' if one simply wants to say that there was no man in the house.

    Am I correct?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    If you are talking about realising that John is missing after counting all the men and women, I would say "we realised that one man wasn't in the house - it was John".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: a man wasn't

    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    So 'a' does work, doesn't it?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #4

    Re: a man wasn't

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    So 'a' does work, doesn't it?

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    Navi.
    I find it very unnatural.

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    #5

    Re: a man wasn't

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    So 'a' does work, doesn't it?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    If you are asking me to confirm that "a" doesn't work, then your question should be "So 'a' doesn't work, does it?" or "So 'a' doesn't work. Is that right?"

    I can confirm - 'a' does not work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: a man wasn't

    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    I did not mean to be rude. The thing is you had not said anything about 'a' in your first response, so I could not figure out which way to go. I thought your silence implied that it was OK.
    It was a misunderstanding. My apologies.

    Respectfully,
    Navi.

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