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Re: ANY

Posted by R. Berg on March 30, 2003

In Reply to: ANY posted by EE on March 30, 2003

: Is it a correct observation that in England, after any, usually singular form is used e.g. Do you have any question? while in North America, plurual form is always used after any e.g. Do you have any questions? Thanks.

Yes, the American form is "Do you have any questions?" But whether the word after "any" is singular or plural depends on what it is: plural for countable things, singular for noncountables. In the U.S., we say "Do you have any sugar?" "Do you have any advice?" There are borderline cases, such as "doubt/doubts." Someone else will have to vouch for the British usage.