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    Is zero followed by a plural or singular noun?

    I'm zero years old
    I'm zero year old

    I have zero apples
    I have zero apple

    zero foods
    zero food

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    Re: zero

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is zero followed by a plural or singular noun?

    I'm zero years old
    I'm zero year old

    I have zero apples
    I have zero apple

    zero foods
    zero food
    Firstly, your examples are not how we would use zero. Zero is essentially used in mathematics whereas in normal speech we would use nothing, nil or nought (or even a slang term 'zilch'). You may hear someone say 'I am zero years old' as a joke in a play or film, but you would not say 'that child is zero years old'.
    I have no apples.
    I have no food.
    You may see zero in use on some machines but mostly they will show 0.
    There was nought/nothing to do.
    The score was nil all. (a draw)

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    Re: zero

    We would not usually use the word zero in these ways.

    To say you are zero years old makes no sense so that sentence would not be used and instead of saying "I have zero apples." we would say "I have no apples." or "no food."

    In normal conversation you will hear the word zero when they are talking about the weather as in: "The temperature today will be 4 degrees above zero.". Also, You hear the word zero in conversation about sports scores as in: "In baseball news, Detroit beat Cleveland today 4 to zero."

    So the rule is when you are talking about numbers you use the word zero when it is appropriate but when you are talking about having something or not having anything you use "no or none" instead of zero.

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