For some reason, in negative sentences only the singulars alcun/alcuno/alcuna are used (or nessuno/nessuna), and nouns are to the singular too. Conversely, in positive sentences only the plurals alcuni/alcune are used, and del/della/dello for uncountable singulars. ...I copied this from another blog. I can't remember whose it was but I found it most helpful. Also, in answer to someone else, no, one should not use double negatives in English but they are correct in Italian - non.....mai, non....niente, etc
Meanwhile, in classical Latin, a double negation meant an affirmation, already the low Latin, and the Italian afterwards, used the second negation as reinforcement of the first one. If I can correct darkpeak, only in a singular sentence "alcuno" is admitted instead of "nessuno" and today the sentence given by DL tastes of literacy, or of stale, or of irony. I suppose that some contributors learned my language in not updated grammars. For E, I suppose that the grammars schools (the first, in the mediaeval time, to teach, where "teach" meant teach classical Latin) strictly followed the Latin of Cicero, dead centuries before.
"Non ho nessuna risposta" is certainly more used but i still prefer "non ho alcuna risposta". Native speaker.
Exactly (see, inter alia, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/nessuno-o-alcuno_%28La-grammatica-italiana%29/)
Thank you. I was wondering about that. I am more familiar with Spanish, in which I would expect "no tengo ninguna respuesta", so was a little surprised that the Italian phrase given here was not equivalent.
this may be the site referred to above by darkpeak: https://blogs.transparent.com/italian/qualche-alcuni-o-dei/
Yes! We have no bananas, we have no bananas today! la la la ...
Already answered that earlier in the comments. The standard Italian phrase would translate literally to English as "I don't have any answer" but the more common English phrase would be "I don't have any answers" so the more common English phrase is used to translate it, even though the Italian is in the singular.
...the plural would be "risposte", not "risposti" and we can say "Non ho risposte" = non ho nessuna risposta
Why does 'alcuno' translate as some/a few, but 'alcuna' here translates as 'any'?
I was wondering that, too. I found that in positive phrases, "alcuno" means "some, a few" and mostly has a plural form (alcuni, alcune). In negative phrases though, "alcuno" means "any" and has a singular form (alcuno, alcuna).
I think that I have no answer is the actual meaning of this statement, but how would I know, since I am still a beginner!
Do what we all did (and often still do) hover over each word to get the meaning then put them in the right order. It almost always works. Eventually, you'll need to "peek" less and less.
I think in this case the use of 'alcuna' makes it refer to 'some answers' or an amount rather than none! Beginner here too!
They do say that "I have no answer" would be correct. Therefore "I have no response" should also be correct--as far as I can see--but I guess there MIGHT be a subtle difference--?
I replied "I don't have an answer" which would be the same as "I have no answer" but it was rejected.
There's no difference, and I've reported that as a problem. Honestly, they'll take a plural when the sentence uses a singular, but reject it if you don't use "got"? Sheesh.
If I ask you a question (where is the store), your response might be an answer (the store is on the next street) or might be a comment or reply (I don't know, please don't bother me), so there is a subtle difference.
I agree: a response is not always an answer (in the sense of a solution to a problem)
Could somebody explain the difference between 'alcuna' and 'qualsiasi' please?
From what I’ve gathered reading these discussions, “alcuno/a” (singular) means “some or a few,” but “qualsiasi” (singular) means “whatever or whichever” (with an inference of choice, as in “whichever you prefer”). So these seem very different in the singular.
Maybe what you meant to ask was what the difference is between “alcuni/e” (plural) and “qualsiasi” (plural), which both mean “any.”
I could also assume you meant to ask the difference between “alcuna” and “qualche,” because that’s what I was wondering. And after doing some light internet surfing, I came across this: https://blogs.transparent.com/italian/qualche-alcuni-o-dei/
I hope this helps!
Non ho alcuna matata............It means no worries, for the rest of your dayyyyyyyyyys
So would Nessun be interchangeable with Alcuna here if the subject was masculne? Is Alcuna used as the subject-risposta- is feminine, otherwise is it best to use Nessun or Alcuno for a masculine negative? Sorry if this seems a silly question! Any help (qualche aiutare?) would be appreciated, especially from a native speaker... Thanks in advance!!
my answer was "I do not have answer." But duolingo wants "an" before the answer. Is my answer wrong?
Well, yes. You need the "an" before answer, or "any" before answers. However, there are contexts where in the plural only, "I do not have answers" would be justified.
I have got no reply would not be said in English English... "i have had no reply"
I find it strange that alcun with suffix can mean a few, any or certain depending on the sentence
Non ho alcuna risposta. The correct answer is, "I do not have any answers. Why isn't it "risposte" the plural form.
And why not: "I have no replies" or perhaps even better "I haven't had any replies"?
"I have no replies" is in the database and should be accepted. "I haven't had any replies" is not correct because it uses the present perfect (have had), while the original sentence uses the present (have).
Well, for years I have been learning, that in English there are no double negations.
Contrary to common belief, that is not correct English. That is Ebonics/American English.
Why is the phrase "I do not have some answers" marked wrong when the hover hint for this new word lists the word "some" as one of the definitions. The correct answer is listed as "I do not have any answers" - which is also plural. What am I missing? Thank you.
In a question or a negative sentence 'some' becomes 'any'.
You have some friends.
You don't have any friends.
Do you have any friends?
She buys something new.
She didn't buy anything new.
Did she buy anything new?
That rule (question in negative becomes any) does not exist - "I do not have some answers it is true, but I do have this information for you," he replied. "Don't you have some friends you can play with?" she asked. Hence "I do not have some answers" should be accepted.
I believe my English teacher and many websites would disagree (there are exceptions but)
Interesting, I'm a native speaker, and the sentence "don't you have some friends you can play with?" is so common you wouldn't think twice upon hearing it. "Can't you bring some cookies?" You would NEVER hear "Can't you bring ANY cookies." It would sound weird to a native speaker... the context would have to be very very specific for it to sound normal. I am trying to think of a context where I would hear that. .. something like - We've run out of cookies.. - Really? There's not one left? Can't you bring ANY cookies?
Believe me, I understand. There is certainly a difference between what many people say and what is proper English. I've lived in the US for over 26 years (California, Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina) and I've tried very hard to make sure my children know the difference between 'what people around here say' and what is correct (in our case American) English. Since this is a language learning site I think it would be beneficial to point out rules (even if not observed everywhere or all the time) that may have been the reason an answer was marked as wrong.
"Can't you bring some cookies?" = "Bring some cookies please" is not a question about the existence of something, but a kind request.
There seems to be a limit on how far down the tree we can go to post, so I'm posting up here - you wrote : " Since this is a language learning site I think it would be beneficial to point out rules (even if not observed everywhere or all the time) that may have been the reason an answer was marked as wrong."
I agree.. people should know the "grammatical rules" along with "grammatical usage." Language is fluid, but it's good to know the rules. Thank you.
nekogaijin. You say the rule "question in negative becomes any" does not exist. Please read the attached link.: https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/adjectives-determiners-some-any.htm
I think the sentence should read: Non ho alunca risposte. Please advise. Thank you.
You never say I have not got any reply. It is either I have not had any reply, or less often, I have not got a reply
"I've not had any reply" is acceptable in English. I've heard the expression loads of times.