To be hostile toward somebody or to have hostility toward somebody in AE

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A-friend

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Persian (Farsi)
Imagine someone thinks you have a problem with someone else and you want to acknowledge a fact that there is no any problem and animosity between you two. I was wondering if you could tell me if in the case I described, the sentences below work or they sound somehow unnatural:
- I’ve not any hostility toward him.
- I’m not hostile toward him.
For me, the first one sounds a bit more natural. Perhaps that's a feeling originated from my mother language.
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    "I've not" would be very unusual in AE, AF. This version would be normal: I don't have any hostility toward him.

    This version also sounds normal: I'm not hostile toward him.

    "Hostile" isn't that common, though, and many speakers would use "mad" or "angry": I'm not mad at him/angry with him.
     
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