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sb70012
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 3:03:22 PM

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1. I don't have three pens.

2. I don't have pens.

3. I don't have any pen.

4. I don't have any pens.

Hi,

I think all of them are correct. Am I right? I just have a little doubt on #2.

Thank you.


Sorry if I don't thank you more than once. I don't want to bother you by filling up a thread with multiple thank yous.
lucate
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 3:39:43 PM

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Joined: 4/30/2015
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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
sb70012 wrote:


1. I don't have three pens.

2. I don't have pens.

3. I don't have any pen.

4. I don't have any pens.

Hi,

I think all of them are correct. Am I right? I just have a little doubt on #2.

Thank you.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 3:51:01 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 9/19/2011
Posts: 7,797
Neurons: 41,156
sb70012 wrote:


1. I don't have three pens.
This one works if you have been asked about having three pens. You might have less, or more, but not three.

2. I don't have pens.
This one works if you are asked if you have pens and you do not. "I don't have pens. I have pencils, however."

3. I don't have any pen. This one should be: I don't have a pen (singular).

4. I don't have any pens.
And here, you have no pens at all.
Hi,

I think all of them are correct. Am I right? I just have a little doubt on #2.

Thank you.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
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