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    sentence problem

    I.she is no friend.
    II. She is not friend.
    III. She is not any friend.
    IV. They are not friends.

    All these sentences are ok? If not, pls. correct them.


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    Re: sentence problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I.she is no friend.
    II. She is not friend.
    III. She is not any friend.
    IV. They are not friends.

    All these sentences are ok? If not, pls. correct them.
    The first is incorrect, the second and third can be used in spoken english,but still have something missing, the last sentence is correct
    in the first one we can say: she's no friend=she has no friend
    the second is missing an "a": she is not a friend

    hope this helps

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    Re: sentence problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I.she is no friend.
    II. She is not friend.
    III. She is not any friend.
    IV. They are not friends.

    All these sentences are ok? If not, pls. correct them.
    I don't know exactly what you meant to express by the sentences you wrote, but the following ones, my example sentences, may come in useful to you:

    She is no friend of mine. (= I don't know her.)
    She is not a friend (of mine), she's just my neighbour.
    She is not any friend of mine. (= She is no friend of mine.)
    They are not friends, they're bitter foes to each other!

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    Re: sentence problem

    1. She is no friend. This is grammatically incorrect, but common idiomatic usage (some native speakers will say this).

    2. She is not friend. This is missing the article a (She is not a friend.) Native speakers would never say this.

    3. She is not any friend. This is ungrammatical and non-idiomatic. Native speakers would not say this.

    4. They are not friends. This is perfectly grammatical and idiomatic. Native speakers say this all the time when they mean that "they are not friends with each other".

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