-1
  1. I don't have any children.

  2. I don't have a child.

What are the differences between them?

Are there any circumstances that make them noninterchangeable??

2
  • Note that child has multiple senses. In different contexts, any children could mean any sons or daughters and a child could mean a son or daughter less than eighteen years old. – Jason Bassford Nov 10 '18 at 16:45
  • 1
    Also, in a certain semantic context (say you are entering a place where only one child is allowed to accompany an adult), one or the other might be a more appropriate expression. – Jason Bassford Nov 10 '18 at 16:47
0

There is no difference in meaning here. "Any children" means "one or more children", whereas "a child" means "one child".

Any

2
  • 1
    Are they interchangeable in any of circumstances? – hbtpoprock Nov 10 '18 at 11:38
  • 2
    If either a definite singular or plural sense is required, you could use 'a' for the singular and 'any' for the plural, so you might use "I don't have a child" to correct someone who says e.g. "This gift is for your child", and "I don't have any children" to reply to "These gifts are for your children". – Michael Harvey Nov 10 '18 at 12:22

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.