Which one is correct ?

I don't have any occasion to take leave.

I have no occasion to take leave.

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    I'd go for "There is no occasion for me to take leave" as occasions are not your possession. – Amber Apr 2 '14 at 10:49

Amber's made a nice point. The 'occasion' is the subject of the sentence. For your example, she and I would say,

There is no occasion for me to take leave.

There aren't any occasions for me to take leave.

Both of these are equally correct.

Sadly, this doesn't answer your question. If I tweak the words so the sentence is a bit clearer (say, swap 'occasion' for 'reason), you get this:

I don't have any reason to take leave.

I have no reason to take leave.

Apart from the minor difference in emphasis (the 'no' in the second one clearly expresses the lack of a reason, while the tone is milder in the first) the two are synonymous in meaning.

  • I don't think 'reason' has the same sense here. 'Occasion' is being used here in the sense of 'a favorable or appropriate time or juncture; an opportunity' (freedictionary.com, Def 3). 'I haven't had the chance to take leave' might thus be a better way to paraphrase it. – neubau Apr 2 '14 at 12:42
  • Ah, I was only looking for a word that would allow me to explain the two constructs; maintaining meaning wasn't all that important :) – MMJZ Apr 2 '14 at 16:03

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