children and child


‘ They have no children’


why would it be ‘children’ instead of ‘child’?


Thank you

singular asked May 08 '14 at 03:03 alan New member

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No is normally followed by plural countable nouns. It sounds more natural.

No vehicular accidents were reported this month.

No may be followed by a singular noun or plural nouns, depending on whether one is thinking of one or more than one. 


"Sometimes, it is more natural to combine singular and plural use: 
He must lead a lonely life in that village: he has no wife and no children. (A man normally has one wife, but often has more than one child!)"

link comment answered May 09 '14 at 11:16 Sanjay Expert

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