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Senior Member
Spain Spanish
While I was reading an english text I found this phrase: "I made no such request..." Is it a right way to phrase it? Because I learnt that the way to make past negative is: didn't + infinitive.


  • xqby

    Senior Member
    English (U.S.)
    Yes, the construction is correct. I think the "such" is what causes it.
    The more generic "I didn't make any such request" sounds rather odd to me.

    Ian Curtis

    Español (ES)
    But even I made no request (without such) would be right, wouldn't it? It's a form they don't usually teach in English classes, but it's very common in daily use.


    Senior Member
    עברית (Hebrew)
    I'd say it's pretty common...
    The question is, is it grammatical? Or is it just a colloquial form?

    I said no such thing / I didn't say such a thing
    I made no such promise / I didn't make such a promise
    I had no intention / I didn't have any intention
    He had no money / He didn't have any money
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