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    Hi,

    My friend told me this sentence is wrong:
    There aren't monkeys in the tree.

    He said it must be like this:
    There aren't any/many/tree(numbers) monkeys in the tree.

    I thought both sentences are fine. Or, my friend is right?

    Many thanks

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    My friend told me this sentence is wrong:
    There aren't monkeys in the tree.

    He said it must be like this:
    There aren't any/many/tree(numbers) monkeys in the tree.

    I thought both sentences are fine. Or, my friend is right?

    Many thanks
    Not a taecher!
    I think your friend is correct.
    There aren't any monkeys in the tree.

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    Re: help

    just a student.
    I'd say that both are fine.
    maybe the 1st one should be "there are no monkeys in the tree".
    just a student.
    Last edited by jctgf; 09-Nov-2008 at 14:56.

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    just a student.
    I'd say that both are fine.
    maybe thr 1st one should "there are no monkeys in the tree".
    just a student.
    "there are no monkeys in the tree". is correct but "there aren't monkey in the tree" seems incorrect.
    As a student I'm waiting for teachers' reply.

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    Re: help

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    My friend told me this sentence is wrong:
    There aren't monkeys in the tree.

    He said it must be like this:
    There aren't any/many/tree(numbers) monkeys in the tree.

    I thought both sentences are fine. Or, my friend is right?

    Many thanks
    You're both half right. "There aren't monkeys in the tree" is grammatical.
    BUT, it's not the way we'd normally say it.
    "There aren't any monkeys in the tree"
    "There are no monkeys in the tree"

    In certain situations, you could say the original sentence:
    A: There are monkeys in the tree.
    B: [looking] There aren't monkeys in the tree!
    This is a good sentence here because it simply contradicts the first person using the same words (apart from the negation).

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