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Am I right that the first sentence is more common than the second one?

As I understand, the first sentence has more emotional emphasis, isn't it?

She doesn’t have any brothers or sisters.

She doesn’t have brothers or sisters.

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You are right that any adds emphasis to the fact of not having siblings, and would be more commonly used standing alone. For instance as in a simple factual reply in a conversation. Using any with this kind of negative statement is also especially preferred in response to a question, or an assertion by someone else to the contrary.

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  • The first is likely to be the answer to "How many siblings does she have?" – Ethan Bolker Jan 17 at 22:20

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