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There is + uncountable nouns


There is + uncountable nouns
Hi dear colleagues,
I īd like to know your opinions about the negative form of the following sentence.
" There is water in the bottle."
You know when " There is" is followed by an uncountable noun, we usually use " There is not any " or " There is no " as the negative form.
Now my question is if we can use " there is not " instead of " There is not any " or " There is no " in this case and if so what difference in meaning would that make?
I īm looking forward to your answers!

25 Sep 2016      

United States

I would say that "there is not water in the bottle" is grammatically correct, but completely non-native in its sound. Now, with the contraction, "There isn īt water in the bottle" can be used in some situations, but not as widely as "There isn īt any water in the bottle". Unfortunately, I can īt think of times I would use "There isn īt water in the bottle". Maybe others can help.

26 Sep 2016     


I agree with Bruce. I īd add that you could say "There is no water in the bottle" but only in special circumstances, say, if someone insists that there really is water in the bottle and you get kind of irritated. It īd sound pretty emphatic.

26 Sep 2016     


Thanks a lot for your help. I really appreciate it!

27 Sep 2016