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    there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Hi Teacher:

    When using the word "no" to express something, shall I use singular or plural on the subject? For example,

    1. There is no issue
    2. There are no issues
    3. There is no issues

    Which one is correct grammatically? Thanks in advanced.


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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by chibe_k View Post
    Hi Teacher:
    When using the word "no" to express something, shall I use singular or plural on the subject? For example,
    1. There is no issue
    2. There are no issues

    Both are fine and the choice would be whether there was an issue or issues, in the speaker's mind.

    3. There is no issues

    This one is not likely to be used. <There's + plural noun> , as in, "There's no issues", is very common in speech for all levels of English speakers.


    Which one is correct grammatically? Thanks in advanced.
    ZZ


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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    This one is not likely to be used. <There's + plural noun> , as in, "There's no issues", is very common in speech for all levels of English speakers.
    It's not likely to be used because it's ungrammatical and bad English.

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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    ZZ
    I also think so.
    And we can use both an issue and issues as that word is the countable noun.

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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

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    Much as it irritates my grammar sensibilities I also think that the grammar error in that particular type of sentence ("There's no issues/people/apples/etc." instead of "There're no issues/people/apples/etc.") often occurs in spoken English. Probably for the reason that there're is more difficult to pronounce than there's.

    I wouldn't expect the same phenomenon with "There aren't any issues/people/apples/etc."
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    Last edited by Philly; 31-Aug-2006 at 07:57.


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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffa View Post
    It's not likely to be used because it's ungrammatical and bad English.
    Please explain how this is so, Coffa. At this point you're simply reciting a prescriptivist viewpoint.

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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Q: saying " there is alot of stuff in my room must be cleaned by 7pm " is my usage of "there is" incorrect ?

    coz what i know is, we could use it when we imagine the following noun as one thing even if it's plural.
    Last edited by Meshaal; 01-Sep-2006 at 02:06.


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    Re: there "is" no issue or there "are" no issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by Meshaal View Post
    Q: saying " there is a lot of stuff in my room that must be cleaned by 7pm " is my usage of "there is" incorrect ?
    coz what i know is, we could use it when we imagine the following noun as one thing even if it's plural.
    In English, Meshall, 'stuff' usually denotes a "mass of things" and when it has this meaning it is always used with 'is', evn when the collection is a number of countable items.

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