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Italo Del Castillo
None or any? Hello everyone!

Whereas my brother was doing some exercises on countable and uncountable nouns, there was one who it made me feel confused at which option it suit best. This is the folllowing sentence:

How much meat do you eat?

None/Any. I'm vegetarian.

Looking at meanings of none and any. I think none it's the answer on such exercise but what about you? Do you think it's correct or do you even think any is the answer?

I hope you're well

Mar 25, 2018 2:04 AM
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'None' is the correct answer. When we give short answers in English, we must show polarity. This is different from many east asian languages. So be careful when translating.

How much meat do you eat?

    A1: None. (= I don't eat meat)

    A2: I don't eat any. (= I don't eat meat)

You like meat, don't you?

    A1: Yes, I do ( = I like it)

    A2: No, I don't ( = I don't like it)

You don't like meat, do you?

    A1: Yes, I do (= I like it)

    A2: No, I don't (= I don't like it)

If any of these answers are a surprise, you should think about studying verb phrase ellipsis with me!

March 25, 2018
Italo: Yes. That's because "don't" includes "not". It's "not any."
March 25, 2018
Phil, but what about if the answer was "I don't eat _____ vegetables" From my point of view it should be used with any, shouldn't be?
March 25, 2018
The answer is "none" or "not any." The word "any" is not negative on its own.
March 25, 2018
Italo Del Castillo
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