grammar
posted by Connie .
There is not a book.
There are not books.
There is no orange.
There are no oranges.
There is no any book.
There are no any books.
There is not any book.
There are not any books.
Could you check to see which of the eight sentences above are right or wrong?
Could you explain how to use "is", "are", "not", and "any" with "there" in these senteces?

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There is not a book. <~may be correct in context
There are not books. <~may be correct in context
There is no orange. <~correct
There are no oranges. <~correct
There is no any book. <~incorrect
There are no any books. <~incorrect
There is not any book. <~may be correct in context
There are not any books. <~may be correct in context
"In context" means that I would need to see a longer sentence, a sentence with more detail to be able to tell if it's correct or not. These sentences are correct:
There is not a book around that has Owen's poems in it.
There are not books on that table. (Including the word "any" after "not" would make this a much better sentence.)
There is not any book on that shelf that has the story I am looking for.
There are not any books here that I am interested in.
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