Zero is a non-multiple plural quantity in English

We say ‘one calorie’, or ‘two calories’, ‘three calories’, etc.

But we say ‘zero calories’ or ‘no calories’, as if it were a multiple like two, three, etc.

Yet if we say ‘not one calorie’, we say it thus, but ‘no calories’ thus.

 

We say there is one egg in the carton, or two eggs, or three eggs, or a dozen eggs.

Or if there are none left, we say there are zero eggs or no eggs – pluralized, as if zero were a multiple like two, three, or a dozen.

We will say ‘not a single egg was left’, but we’d say ‘no eggs were left’.

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