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    No

    Hello:

    Is this sentence wrong..."I have no dog"? if so, why is it wrong? Or do you have to say..."I donīt have a dog"?

    Thank you.

    The Alien!

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    #2

    Re: No

    Quote Originally Posted by thealienone2000 View Post
    Hello:

    Is this sentence wrong..."I have no dog"? if so, why is it wrong? Or do you have to say..."I donīt have a dog"?

    Thank you.

    The Alien!
    It is ungrammatical; how can you have something you do not have? I do not (don't) have a dog is correct; you do not have what you do not have.

    I have a dog.
    I have the dog.
    I have one dog.
    I do not have any dogs.
    I have never had a dog.


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    #3

    Re: No

    Quote Originally Posted by thealienone2000 View Post
    Hello:

    Is this sentence wrong..."I have no dog"? if so, why is it wrong? Or do you have to say..."I donīt have a dog"?

    Thank you.

    The Alien!
    You could say "I have no dog" - it is a colloquial form that is often used.

    I have no cat
    I have no boyfriend
    I have no money

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    #4

    Re: No

    Oh no...i always thought it was a correct way to say that!!

    By the way...I have a related question. The differences between

    I'm running out of sth...
    I'm out of sth...
    I'm without sth...

    are they interchangeable?


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    Re: No

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    Oh no...i always thought it was a correct way to say that!!

    By the way...I have a related question. The differences between

    I'm running out of sth...I have nearly finished something [flour/milk/butter/patience]
    I'm out of sth... I have completely used up something and have none left
    I'm without sth... I do not have something

    are they interchangeable?
    Not interchangeable as indicated.

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    #6

    Re: No

    Thanks Anglika.


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    Re: No

    Quote Originally Posted by thealienone2000 View Post
    Hello:

    Is this sentence wrong..."I have no dog"? if so, why is it wrong? Or do you have to say..."I donīt have a dog"?

    Thank you.

    The Alien!
    You may say either. The first is more British in usage, the second is more American. Both are correct. You could say either anytime and anywhere.

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