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    birthday cake

    I had a birthday party but no cakes
    I had a birthday party but no cake

    which one is correct?

    does the first one mean not any cakes: no chocolate, or strawberry, or vanilla..etc

    does the second one mean not even one cake was there.

    are both ok?

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: birthday cake

    [1] I had a birthday party but no cakes. <zero cakes>
    => Meaning, there weren't any cakes at the party.

    [2] I had a birthday party but no cake. <zero cake>
    => Meaning #1, there wasn't a cake at the party.
    => Meaning #2, there was a cake at the party, but I didn't eat any of it.

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