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First of all, one of my grammar books says sentence like "Not any girl is there." is incorrect, because when "any" is at the beginning of a sentence, "any" cannot be used with "not".

But what if "any" itself is not at the beginning of a sentence but still a subject? Like the following sentences :

"I think that not any girl is there."

"I think that any girl is not there."

In this sentence, "any" is the subject of the "that clause", but it's not at the beginning of a sentence. So can I really use "not" in those sentences? Please give me your advice and I'd apprecate it.

( I think those sentences don't violate the above-mentioned grammar rule. Although I wouldn't use this way, because I myself think it's bizarre too.)
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ViceidolFirst of all, one of my grammar books says sentence like "Not any girl is there." is incorrect, because when "any" is at the beginning of a sentence, "any" cannot be used with "not".

But what if "any" itself is not at the beginning of a sentence but still a subject? Like the following sentences :

"I think that not any girl is there."

"I think that any girl is not there."

In this sentence, "any" is the subject of the "that clause", but it's not at the beginning of a sentence. So can I really use "not" in those sentences? Please give me your advice and I'd apprecate it.

( I think those sentences don't violate the above-mentioned grammar rule. Although I wouldn't use this way, because I myself think it's bizarre too.)
I think that there is not any girl there.
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I think a girl is there.
I think some girls are there.
I don't think any girl is there.
I don't think any girls are there.

Affirmatives:
Some girls are there. I think some girls are there. John is saying that some girls are there. We believe some girls are there. I suppose some girls are there. I can imagine that some girls are there.
Mary knows that some girls are there. Sally remembers that some girls were there.
I want some girls to be there. I would like some girls to be there. I can get some girls to be there.

Note how the main clause is negated to negate the entire thought in these constructions.

Corresponding negatives. Compare with the affirmatives above:
No girls are there. I don't think any girls are there. John isn't saying that any girls are there. We don't believe any girls are there. I don't suppose any girls are there. I can't imagine that any girls are there.
Mary doesn't know if any girls are there. Sally doesn't remember if any girls were there.
I don't want any girls to be there. I would not like any girls to be there. I can't get any girls to be there.

CJ