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    #1

    I don't have brothers or sisters.

    Please help me.

    a. I don't have any brothers or sisters.
    b. I don't have brothers or sisters.
    c. I don't have a brother or a sister.

    aīDo you have any brothers?
    bīDo you have brothers?
    cīDo you have a brother?

    I can't find any grammatical errors in these sentences above.
    I can't tell the differences in meaning, either.
    If they're all correct, do they mean the same?

    Thank you.


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    Re: I don't have brothers or sisters.

    Can you think of a situation where your response would be :
    I don't have any brothers or sisters.

    and where you would say instead :
    c. I don't have a brother or a sister.

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    #3

    Re: I don't have brothers or sisters.

    Thank you, David.

    <situation A>
    Q:Do you have any brothers or sisters?
    A:No, I don't have any brothers or sisters.(meaning I'm an "only child".)

    <situation B>
    Q:Do you have a brother or a sister?(meaning "which" do you have?)
    A:I have a brother(a sister).

    I can't think of situations where "I don't have a brother or a sister." might be
    used.
    However, I realized that there is a difference in meaning between "Do you have any brothers or sisters?" and "Do you have a brother or a sister?"


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    Re: I don't have brothers or sisters.

    She: I come from a big family - there are 9 of us.
    He: I don't have any brothers or sisters.


    She: My sister and I are like best friends. We do everything together.
    He: I envy you. I don't have a brother or a sister.
    (stress is placed on 'or')

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