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    #1

    Use of "no" and "any"

    According to dictionaries, they say that both of the following 1 and 2 cases are acceptable in Examples A and B. However, I would like to know which of the following cases (1 or 2 in each example) is more commonly used (in general) among native speakers in terms of writing and speaking. Please help me out with this question.

    Example A)
    1. There is no apple on this desk. (using "no" with a singular countable noun)
    2. There are no apples on this desk. (using "no" with a plural countable noun)

    Example B)
    1. There is not any apple on this desk. (using "any" with a singular countable noun)
    2. There are not any apples on this desk. (using "any" with a plural countable noun)

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    #2

    Re: Use of "no" and "any"

    It would depend on the context. If we were talking about a single apple, then the first would make more sense. Imagine that you have lost your apple that you brought for lunch and ask me, then it makes more sense to use the singular.

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    #3

    Re: Use of "no" and "any"

    Thank you for answering my question.
    I got it!

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    Re: Use of "no" and "any"

    You're welcome.

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