As written in the title, is that correct to say:

'Can you dance with no music on?' or should I better say 'when the music is not playing'.

I am not sure if it's grammatically correct to say 'with no music on'. What I wanted to say is 'Can you e.g imagine the music is playing and dance?' (And don't care about the music).

Thanks for help.

  • I would say: To dance without music. Versus: without music on, which means without it playing from some type of music player.
    – Lambie
    Jun 2, 2017 at 13:25

2 Answers 2


Both of your suggestions are grammatical and would be understood.

However, in this specific example you don't really need anything after music. The best construction would probably be

Can you dance with no music?

Using ...on or ...playing unnecessarily specify or imply specifying the source of the music.


Or You can say simply. Can you dance without music?

When you say something about to do/can do with negative things then you can use there without word before that things.

  • It would be best if you could add explanation to this answer.
    – shin
    Jun 2, 2017 at 14:05

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