I'm considering whether to use singular or plural nouns in the following:
- John has no wife / wives.
- John has no child / children.
- There is no winner or loser in life.
- There are no winners or losers in life.
It seems that singular "wife" is correct in (1); plural "children" in (2). What about (3) and (4)? Are there any principles that can allow us to determine when to use singular or plural forms after "no"?
I'd appreciate your help.