Posted: Jul 12, 2016 7:39 am
by Thommo
don't get me started wrote: English speakers can say; “There isn’t a teacher in this classroom.” They can also say “There aren’t any students in this classroom,” The number for both categories of persons is zero, but it is conceptually a different zero, in linguistic terms.


I enjoy your posts here and often read them without comment, but are you sure about this one? I've never heard that form used (here in England). "There is no teacher in this classroom", sure. "there isn't a teacher in this classroom", definitely no. There are idioms that spring to mind that have similar forms though, such as "there isn't a problem in sight" or "there isn't a cloud in the sky".