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    #1

    there wasn't a gun

    1) There wasn't a gun in the house.
    2) There were no guns in the house.
    3) There weren't any guns in the house.


    Is there a difference between the meanings of these sentences?
    I think we get less dramatic as we move down!

    I think '1' gives the impression either that 'a gun' was expected, thought, suspected to be in the house, or that the speaker wants to emphasize the fact that not even a single gun was in the house.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: there wasn't a gun

    I see no significant difference between the three.

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