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'No' vs 'not any' vs 'none'

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Here comes Sam to tell us everything about nothing -no, not any and none, that is! Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Hi, I’m Sam from BBC Learning English, and today we’re looking at the difference between no, not any and none. Let's have a look.

Imagine you ask me this question: Do you have any change?

I have zero change, and I can say this in three different ways:

Sorry, I have no change. – where we use the verb have with no followed by a noun.

Sorry, I don’t have any change. – where we use the negative don’t followed by the verb followed by any followed by the noun.

Or, I can say: Sorry, none at all – where we use none without a verb or a noun, so it's a short answer.

So now you shouldn’t have any problems with this!

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Do you have any change?

No + noun
We can use the verb + no + a noun 

  • Sorry, I have no change
  • I have no idea what you mean.

Don't + verb + any + noun
We can use the negative don’t + the verb + any + the noun.

  • Sorry, I don't have any change.
  • He doesn't have any time to speak.

None
We can use none without a verb or noun. It's a short answer.

  • Sorry, none at all.

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