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PLease help me



El-Samreyah
Egypt

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

They haven īt got white kittens.

Is the sentence wrong this way?

13 Apr 2010      



curelo
Brazil

It doesnīt sound natural. I would say:

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

13 Apr 2010     



Abizer
Yemen

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

13 Apr 2010     



stexstme
France

( Sorry! I deleted my message because I did not read yours carefully!!! I thought it was about have got vs have (US ), but it īs not!!! I hope you īll get more īefficient ī answers about ANY!!!!!!!!!! )
Sorry-Sylv!Wink

13 Apr 2010     



julietcass
Germany

They haven īt got white kittens has a different emphasis to they haven īt got any white kittens
They haven īt 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 ī as I have already told you, they haven īt got WHITE kittens
They haven īt got any white kittens is purely provides information.
 
Juliet 

13 Apr 2010     



nightrider51
Turkey

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

13 Apr 2010     



El-Samreyah
Egypt

thanks a million dear colleagues :)

14 Apr 2010