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My friend asks me, "Would you rather have no people there, or should I invite someone to go with you?" I reply, "No people is better."

Is this grammatically correct? I interpret the sentence as really saying "[Having] no people is better." But phrases like "Two heads are better than one" seem to imply otherwise.

  • Well, There's no people like show people. It's fine. Just make sure your friend doesn't hear No, people is better. – deadrat Aug 23 '16 at 4:44
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    It's fine. You're effectively using no people to reference one of two possible states, irrespective of how many people might be present in each of those states. Same principle as three is better than two, where semantically the reference is to a (singular) number, not the "plural value" of the number. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Aug 23 '16 at 13:02
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No can be a determiner in front of a noun to express the absence of any instances of whatever the noun talks about it. It works with countable and non-countable nouns.

I wanted people to be there.

I wanted no people to be there.

Water was on the floor.

No water was on the floor.

The project was completed today.

No project was completed today.

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