At 02:49 AM 2/14/99 -0500, Joe E. Dees wrote:
>> IAN: "No x" means "zero x."
>> If there's zero x, then x = 0.
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>> Thus, "no answer" means "zero answer."
>> If there's zero answer, then answer = 0.
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>The answer is that there is no answer. There are zero (number of) answers.
IAN: Ya. To use an analogy, if you give me
a basket and you say that in this basket is
"the answer," and I look in there and there
is nothing, I could say that there is no
answer, or that the answer is nothing,
zero. For the reasons I have stated
above, both statements are the same.
"No answer" means the answer is the same as zero.