no such a thing vs no such thing : Common Errors in English

About no such a thing vs no such thing

Some say “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”; but in phrases like this it’s much less common to insert an “a” after “such” so that the phrase becomes “no such a thing.” This variation followed by a phrase beginning with “as” will probably not be noticed in most contexts, but it tends to sound more obviously nonstandard when the phrase stands by itself as a simple negation: “Eric told me the grocery store was handing out free steaks. No such a thing.” It sounds better to most people to say instead “no such thing.”

no such thing in News

  1. The Book of Life / The Girl from Monday

    Recommended THE FILMS Where do you go after Henry Fool ? Hal Hartley's 1997 film -- his magnum opus, by far his costliest effort to that point, and his next-to-last film shot on actual celluloid (he left 35 mm behind for good, it seems, with 2002's anomalous, financially disastrous No Such Thing ) -- is bound to stand the test of time as one of the best, most unique avatars of that decade's U.S ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: DVD Talk

  2. Glenn Greenwald To Anderson Cooper: Peter King And Others Targeting Me For ‘The Crime Of Doing Journalism’

    Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald broke the NSA surveillance scandal wide open, and at least one member of Congress wants him arrested for it . Congressman Peter King has been very clear that he wants Greenwald prosecuted for the information he's revealed and for threatening to reveal the identities of CIA agents. However, Greenwald has said no such thing, and responded on CNN tonight, telling ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Mediaite

  3. Editorial: City park assessment plan catches us by surprise

    We know there is no such thing as a free lunch. Naples City Council knows that too.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Naples Daily News

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