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    Question How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    emsr2d2 has not made any friends yet

    I don't have any questions about it.

    Any question to ask?

    I'll do any thing for you.

    Are these sentences correct?
    How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    I'll do any thing for you. - anything is one word
    Are these sentences correct? - yes, they are all correct

    How can we use the word 'any' correctly? - how do... - refer to the other thread - 'how do you say'

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by iZicci View Post
    emsr2d2 has not made any friends yet

    I don't have any questions about it.

    Any question to ask?

    I'll do any thing for you.

    Are these sentences correct?
    How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Thanks!
    Firstly, I'm not sure why my username was chosen for the first example!!! I can assure you I have many friends!! However, I digress.

    1) Emsr2d2........ (capital letter required at the beginning of a sentence)
    2) Correct.
    3) This is not really a full sentence. I would say "Do you have any questions?" or "Do you have a question to ask?"
    4) As previously stated, "anything" is one single word.

    I do not have any other suggestions for you! I will now go away and think about why I don't have any friends. If you can think of any reason for that, please let me know!!!

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    Smile Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Firstly, I'm not sure why my username was chosen for the first example!!! I can assure you I have many friends!! However, I digress.

    1) Emsr2d2........ (capital letter required at the beginning of a sentence)
    2) Correct.
    3) This is not really a full sentence. I would say "Do you have any questions?" or "Do you have a question to ask?"
    4) As previously stated, "anything" is one single word.

    I do not have any other suggestions for you! I will now go away and think about why I don't have any friends. If you can think of any reason for that, please let me know!!!
    Well, thank you for your reply.

    I viewed your profile and found that in the Friends list.

    You haven't made any friends yet in this forum, have you?

    "I will do anything for you"
    "Do you have any things to do this afternoon?"

    Correct?

    THANKS!

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    "I will do anything for you"
    "Do you have any things to do this afternoon?" wrong, anything to do, never any things to do.

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1) Emsr2d2........ (capital letter required at the beginning of a sentence)
    This is just a note without much importance.

    Regarding Internet texts only, when a user deliberately chooses his nick to begin with a non-capital letter (like ymniksy, emsr2d2 or iZicci for instance), I try to respect the user's choice. And then I usually make an expection to the rule which requires a capital at the beginning of a sentence.

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    You've pointed out an interesting contrast, though.

    This is right: I have so many things to do this afternoon. I have many things to do.

    Yet, "I have no things to do" or "I don't have any things to do" is wrong.

    I can see how that would create confusion!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Smile Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    "I will do anything for you"
    "Do you have any things to do this afternoon?" wrong, anything to do, never any things to do.
    But I feel it's correct.

    -Do you have any things to tell me?
    -Yes, I'll tell you some stories happened last week.

    Anything incorrect?

    THANKS!

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    Sorry, but "any things" is wrong and "anything" is right. It might not be logical, but much in English is not.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: How can we use the word 'any' correctly?

    oh, I see. thanks to you all

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