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    #1

    There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Hello.
    Please read the two sentences below.

    1. There is no clock in the classroom.
    2. There are no clocks in the classroom.
    (I'm describing the classroom now.)

    I know they are both grammatically correct, but I'm not really sure which sounds more natural.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

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    #3

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Thank you, Dave.

    May I ask one more question?
    How about the two examples below? Which sounds more natural?

    1. I have no house to live in.
    2. I have no houses to live in.

    Thank you again.

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    #4

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    Please read the two sentences below.

    1. There is no clock in the classroom.
    2. There are no clocks in the classroom.
    (I'm describing the classroom now.)

    I know they are both grammatically correct, but I'm not really sure which sounds more natural.

    Thank you.
    Not a teacher

    It seems that many native speakers would say something like 'There is no + plural noun' in daily conversation although it is ungrammatically. Am I correct?

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    #5

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you, Dave.

    May I ask one more question?
    How about the two examples below? Which sounds more natural?

    1. I have no house to live in.
    2. I have no houses to live in.

    Thank you again.
    1. Most people don't have multiple houses.

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    #6

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
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    It seems that many native speakers would say something like 'There is no + plural noun' in daily conversation although it is ungrammatically. Am I correct?
    Some would, yes. "Ungrammatical," not "ungrammatically."

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    #7

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Not a teacher

    It seems that many native speakers would say something like 'There is no + plural noun' in daily conversation although it is ungrammatical. Am I correct?
    That is not at all common or usual in BE.

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    #8

    Re: There are no clocks in the classroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    Please read the two sentences below.

    1. There is no clock in the classroom.
    2. There are no clocks in the classroom.
    (I'm describing the classroom now.)

    I know they are both grammatically correct, but I'm not really sure which sounds more natural.

    Thank you.
    I would not expect multiple clocks in a classroom, so I would go with #1.

    Phrased differently, it could be "There are no clocks in classrooms."

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