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    #1

    brothers or brother

    How many brothers and sisters do you have?
    I have no brothers or sisters.

    For the above conversation, can I omit the s from brother and sisters?

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    #2

    Re: brothers or brother

    You can if you wish; native speakers wouldn't.

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    #3

    Re: brothers or brother

    You can from your response, not from the question.

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    #4

    Re: brothers or brother

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    How many brothers and sisters do you have?
    I have no brothers or sisters.

    For the above conversation, can I omit the s from brother and sisters?
    Zero is grammatically plural. You would say I have one sister and no brothers​.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: brothers or brother

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Zero is grammatically plural. You would say I have one sister and no brothers​.
    There are rare cases where no is followed by a singular noun. For example, a father dramatically disowning his child might say You're not my son! I have no son.​ You don't need to learn to produce this, but if you see it in an old movie, you can understand that it's valid but extremely uncommon.
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