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Is this sentence correct? "She didn't have any book with her."

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closed as off-topic by TrevorD, tchrist, MετάEd, Mari-Lou A, Kris Aug 19 '13 at 7:46

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I might say, "She didn't have any books with her." – Kaiser Octavius Aug 18 '13 at 15:48
@KaiserOctavius Why please? Only plural will work? – Kris Aug 19 '13 at 7:43
Whoa @TrevorD & generous up voters to the comment: the OP is only 1-rep old, so hold your horses for now. There will be a way to migrate questions over to ELL, now or soon enough. – Kris Aug 19 '13 at 7:45
This question appears to be off-topic because it is better on ELL – Kris Aug 19 '13 at 7:46

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It’s grammatical and used, in the words of the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition 1b, to mean ‘None at all; none of any kind, quantity, or number, even the minutest; not even one’.

It needs to be used in this way with care, as it will not be appropriate in all contexts.

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