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.


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.

  • 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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