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    #1

    There isn't any book on the shelf.

    How can I explain to my student ,who claims it is a true form, it is not true because if we want to use "any" in a negative form?


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    Re: There isn't any book on the shelf.

    What you are asking is not clear.

    John asks Paul to go and get a book that he left on his bedside table. Paul goes to John's bedroom. No book on the table. He comes back and says to John: "There isn't any book on the table."

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    #3

    Re: There isn't any book on the shelf.

    You could also have 'There isn't any book on the shelf that deals with that topic'.


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    Re: There isn't any book on the shelf.

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    What you are asking is not clear.

    John asks Paul to go and get a book that he left on his bedside table. Paul goes to John's bedroom. No book on the table. He comes back and says to John: "There isn't any book on the table."
    I meant "there is no book on the shelf. The shelf is empty." We were taught if we used "any" with a negative meaning, we had to use it in plural form of with countable nouns and in singular form with uncountable nouns.

    Example: There aren't any books on the shelf.

    There isn't any water in the bottle.

    That was what we were suggested to teach our students.

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    #5

    Re: There isn't any book on the shelf.

    but it does not mean that the sentence " there isn't any book on the shelf" is wrong :-s

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