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    Post I have no + plural form?

    A: 'How many brothers or sisters do you have?'
    B: 'I have no brotherS or sisterS.' ( Is this correct that I use the plural form?)
    C: 'I don't have any brotherS or sisterS either.' ( Correct?)

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    Re: I have no + plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    A: 'How many brothers or sisters do you have?'
    B: 'I have no brotherS or sisterS.' ( Is this correct that I use the plural form?)
    C: 'I don't have any brotherS or sisterS either.' ( Correct?)
    Yes, the plural form is correct.

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    Question Re: I have no + plural form?

    Thank you, bhaisahab, but I still can't understand why we use the plural form. Since I don't have ONE brother and I don't have ONE sister, why don't we say 'I have no brother or sister'?

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    Re: I have no + plural form?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Thank you, bhaisahab, but I still can't understand why we use the plural form. Since I don't have ONE brother and I don't have ONE sister, why don't we say 'I have no brother or sister'?
    You could say, 'I don't have a brother and I don't have a sister.' It's easier to say 'I don't have any brothers or sisters.'

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    Re: I have no + plural form?

    I think the reason might be something like this: if we apply a negative to a whole set (e.g. the set of brothers), it is redundant to individuate the members of the set.

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