[Grammar] no/any

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Ashiuhto

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Is sentence 2 grammatically correct?

1. Except guide dogs, no animals can't get into the restaurant.
2. Except guide dogs, any animals can't get into the restaurant.
 

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As an NES but not a teacher, neither sentence reads correctly or makes any sense.

1. Contains a double negative and by "get" I assume you mean "allowed".
2. "Any" is inappropriate and "get" should be "allowed".

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PS: An animal might be able to get in via an abnormal route, whether they are allowed or not (e.g. a mouse, snake, cat or even a dog).
 
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Sorry, I made a mistake in #1. It should be written as:

1. Except guide dogs, no animals can get into the restaurant.

Is the correct wording as:
Except guide dogs, no animals are allowed into the restaurant.
 

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As an NES but not a teacher, neither sentence reads correctly or makes any sense.

1. Contains a double negative and by "get" I assume you mean "allowed".
2. "Any" is inappropriate and "get" should be "allowed".

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R21

PS: An animal might be able to get in via an abnormal route, whether they are allowed or not (e.g. a mouse, snake, cat or even a dog).
"get" is used in the context of entering a place. "I couldn't get into the restaurant because I didn't have a reservation", or, "I couldn't get in the car since you had the keys", is acceptable in the US.
 

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"get" is used in the context of entering a place. "I couldn't get into the restaurant because I didn't have a reservation", or, "I couldn't get in the car since you had the keys", is acceptable in the US.
It's also acceptable in BrE. However, as R21 pointed out, animals can get into restaurants even if they are not allowed, so 'allowed' is a better word here, in my opinion.
 
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