Here in Japan, many of my students use "any" in a negative sentence like this:
"Please note that any club/group cannot use the copy machine after 8:00pm."
I believe this is grammatically incorrect, or at least unnatural and should be:
"Please note that no club/group can use the copy machine after 8:00pm."
My question(s) is/are:
- Is the first sentence grammatically incorrect or is it just a matter of natural style?
- In the case that it is grammatically incorrect, what is the rule regarding such a sentence construction? (Any . . .cannot vs No.....can)
I would like to give them a reason for changing their work beyond "It's just a native-English thing".
Thank you very much for your help on this.
GT in Japan