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    He has got no friends

    Hello, teacher.

    I have a question.

    "He has got no friends"

    Why we don't say "He hasn't a friend"? "No friend" is not multiple.

    I am sorry. I know it is fool's question.

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    #2

    Re: He has got no friends

    Either of those works. English has multiple ways of conveying a thought. It is a very rich language.

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    #3

    Re: He has got no friends

    Quote Originally Posted by chingchangchong View Post
    "No friend" is not multiple.
    You can have a plural negative in English. Singular and plural don't always follow strict numerical logic. And if we used the number zero, we would use the plural- he has zero friends, not zero friend.

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    Re: He has got no friends

    I am not a teacher.

    'He has no friend' is not wrong. It is literary or poetic but not common in normal speech.

    To me, as a BrE speaker I prefer 'He has no friends' to 'He has got no friends' but both are commonly used.

    You could also say, 'He hasn't any friends', or 'He hasn't a friend in the world' or many others.

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