Unit 1.1

No and Any

Determiners

Countable and uncountable nouns take different quantitative determiners (quantifiers) which give information about the quantity of something.

We find quantifiers such as no and any with countable and uncountable nouns.

We put no and any before both countable and uncountable nouns.

There are some differences between them:

  • We put no only in positive sentences (+);
  • We put any in positive sentences (+) when the real meaning is negative (-);
  • We put any with negative sentences (-) and question sentences (?).
  • Once again, I see no chocolate cake left!
  • I refuse to believe that any of you gave the wrong answer to the question.
  • They do not want any person to enter this area.
  • Do you have any weird habits?

No and any give us hints about the quantity of something:

  • We use no when we refer to a zero quantity. No it is generally used to emphasize the complement of the sentence;
  • We use any when we refer to an unspecified quantity.

No and any give information about the quanity of something. Both can be used with uncountable and countable nouns.

There are some differences between no and any:

  • No is only used in positive sentences;
  • Any is used with negative and interrogative sentences, and also in positive sentences when the meaning is negative.

For example:
— “This summer there are no tourists at the beach.” = No emphasises the negative meaning in positive sentence (tourists don’t come to this area this summer).
— “He didn’t leave any clues behind.” = Any emphasises the negative meaning in negative sentence (the person was smart enough to clear everything so that no one can find clues).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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