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crliu



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 11:15 am    Post subject: isn't a or is no Reply with quote

Are these sentences both correct? Do they express the same meaning?

There isn't a child in the yard.

There is no child in the yard.


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muni



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I think both are correct and have the same meaning,but want an expert to comment on it.
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bud



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they are correct and have the same meaning.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 8:11 pm    Post subject: natural English Reply with quote

I believe we must distinguish between technical correctness and actual usage correctness. Virtually everyone would say "There aren't any children in the yard."

Be sure to post some grammar message on Mark's ESL World Grammar Forum:
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