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miyoko71
Morocco

I have a doubt
 
Dear colleagues,

Happy weekend.

I have a doubt about a sentence.Do we say:
"I don t have any sister(s)." or
"I don t have a sister"
The question is: " How many sisters have you got?"
Thanks for your help
miyoko71

26 Sep 2009      



mariaelaine
Malta

I don t have any.

26 Sep 2009     



fleur
Malta

How many sisters have you got?
I don t have any sisters.

Do you have a sister?
I don t have a sister.

I think it depends on the question.
hope this helps.

26 Sep 2009     



dennismychina
China

Spot on Fleur,
How many sisters have you got?" I try to drum into my students to use as much of the question as possible when answering a question.
Therefore in my opinion it should be (No,) I havent got any sisters.
And in the same vain, the questions for the answers below would be;
1. Do you have any sisters?
2. Do you have a sister?
(No,) I don t have any sister(s)."
(No,) "I don t have a sister"
Enjoy.

26 Sep 2009     



douglas
United States

I pretty much agree except for the "(s)" next to "any sister(s)". 
 
As I see it (There may be a rule out there that says I m wrong, but it feels right)
 
If you answer with "any" then sister needs to be plural (sisters)--it s not optional.
 
Both answers would be okay for your question, but "any sisters" is "more right"
 
Douglas

26 Sep 2009     



KathieB
China




Do you have any sisters?
No, I don t have any sisters.
Do you have a sister?
No, I don t have a sister.

Cheers

Kathie

26 Sep 2009     



mariamit
Greece

How many sisters have you got?" -->  I havent got any sisters.
 
Douglas, as one American to another,  of course there s a rule my dear :we usually use "any" with the plural of countable nouns. With the singular it s "a" or "an"
Maria

26 Sep 2009     



miyoko71
Morocco

Thanks for your help

26 Sep 2009     



tugce-cenk
Turkey

Both of them are correct.

26 Sep 2009