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Friday, 16 March 2007

Ask About English!!! Q22: 'no time'

Hi

Is it considered okay to use 'There's no milk - There are no people'? Is it informal?

Thanx, J.


Dear J

No is basically a more emphatic way of saying 'not a' or 'not any'. For example:

Sorry, I have no time.
There were no letters for me this morning.

It is not necessarily informal; its function is to emphasise the point (that "I don't have any time", for example)

Hope this answers your question

Matt

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