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PLease help me


PLease help me
do we have to add any to the following sentence:

They haven �t got white kittens.

Is the sentence wrong this way?

13 Apr 2010      


It doesn�t sound natural. I would say:

They don�t have any white kittens (it is in the plural)
There are no white kittens.
There aren�t any white kittens.
There isn�t a white kitten. (now, it�s singular, but can be two, three, four...ok?) There isn�t a white kitten but there is a black one.
Lots of way of saying the same thing....
Hope it helps...

13 Apr 2010     


It wouldn �t be wrong in British English. But in American English we would say We don �t have white kittens.
The difference is in the use of British and American language.
I hope I could help you.

13 Apr 2010     


( Sorry! I deleted my message because I did not read yours carefully!!! I thought it was about have got vs have (US ), but it �s not!!! I hope you �ll get more �efficient � answers about ANY!!!!!!!!!! )

13 Apr 2010     


They haven �t got white kittens has a different emphasis to they haven �t got any white kittens
They haven �t got white kittens really emphasizes that they have kittens in other colours but not in white or that the question may be absurd i.e � as I have already told you, they haven �t got WHITE kittens
They haven �t got any white kittens is purely provides information.

13 Apr 2010     


It^s not wrong. I think you don �t need to add ANY. Normally people expect to hear such a sentence afterwards.  � ...but they have got grey kittens. �  We have to consider the matter as teaching Quantifiers I guess. we teach have/has got using quantifiers. �have got some, haven �t got any... �  I hope it helps...

13 Apr 2010     


thanks a million dear colleagues :)

14 Apr 2010