Singular vs. Plural

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2018

4 replies

Singular vs. Plural

No leiste ningún libro de italiano.

For "any Italian books" why is this not "nigunos libros italianos"?

This relates to:
Using the negative ningún (a, os, as) = any -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

4 July 2018

4/07/18

Hi Ricky,

Inside the lesson we are saying that the plurals (ningunos/ningunas) are not often used. Only with certain nouns that are used in their plural forms, e.g gafas (glasses), pantalones (trousers)...

Here are some examples: 

"No he comprado ningunas gafas de sol este verano.

-I didn't buy any sun glasses this summer.

" No tengo ningunos pantalones negros en mi armario.

I don't have any black trousers in my wardrove.

But, if it is a word that we use in singular and plural, e.g manzana/s, 

"No tengo ninguna manzana en mi frutero"

I don't have any apples in my fruit bowl.

I hope this makes it clearer for you.

Inma

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2018

4/07/18

Gracias otra vez, Inma.

I understand what you said but why it is done this way is still confusing.

Ricky

Charles

Kwiziq community member

13 July 2018

13/07/18

@Ricky.  I don't know if this will help at all, but ningunos/as is a pronoun .  Ningún/a is an adjective.  It's like the difference between saying "We don't have any books by Stephen King."  and "Are there any books by Stephen King left?"  " No, there aren't any."

Charles

Kwiziq community member

13 July 2018

13/07/18

In most cases that is.  There are a few rare exceptions when you use ningunos/as as an adjective, but Inma has already covered that.

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