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"Je n'ai pas de miroir dans ma maison."

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12/22/2012, 7:06:13 PM

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The suggested "I do not have any mirror in my house" is simply not idiomatic. Please replace with "I do not have any mirrors in my house"

12/22/2012, 7:06:13 PM

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I am not sure you are right. Any generally commands a singular. Besides, the contrary of "not any mirror" can be "several mirrors" but also "one mirror".

12/24/2012, 2:46:51 PM

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Thanks for responding! I would be ok with 'I do not have mirrors in my house', or 'I don't have a mirror in my house', but in almost all circumstances "I do not have any mirror in my house' is not what a native speaker would do - at least in my experience.

See the discussion in http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv114.shtml - I was looking for a more definitive reference, but that one seems good enough.

I will say, however, that the sentence "I don't have any dog in the house" makes sense - but to me it has a special connotation, of being part of a longer conversation (or argument) about a particular dog

12/24/2012, 3:25:40 PM

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I think Duo is looking for as direct translation as possible and counts it wrong if i'ts not exact. I don't have any mirrors in my house is correct English, but not a direct translation of the singular used here. I also was marked wrong on this one... chalk it up as singular and plural distinction

5/20/2013, 4:11:28 PM

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In the spoken version, there is no way to tell that it isn't plural. Or is there? If I remember right, it's always 'de' after a negative (never 'des') so you cannot distinguish, right?

8/1/2013, 12:23:00 PM
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