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    Good afternoon, teachers.
    If you have any questions, please tell me.
    In this sentence, is the word any used here right? Why not use some?
    And is the word questions right? Or should I use its single form question?
    Thank you!

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    Re: If you have any questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Good afternoon, teachers.
    If you have any questions, please tell me.
    In this sentence, is the word any used here right? Why not use some?
    And is the word questions right? Or should I use its single form question?
    Thank you!
    The original sentence is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The original sentence is fine.
    Can I say 'If you have some questions, please tell me.' or 'If you have any question, please tell me.' Are these both sentences right?

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    Re: If you have any questions...

    The original question is best. Stick to that one.

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    Re: If you have any questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Can I say 'If you have some questions, please tell me.' or 'If you have any questions, please tell me.' Are these both these sentences right?
    Both are acceptable. 'Some' suggests a restriction - the speaker feels that the person addressed may well have a number of questions in mind; 'any' is unrestricted - the person may or may not have questions,

    'Any' is therefore more likely, unless the speakers sees that the person addressed appears to be waiting for the chance to ask questions.

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    Smile Re: If you have any questions...

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    Both are acceptable. 'Some' suggests a restriction - the speaker feels that the person addressed may well have a number of questions in mind; 'any' is unrestricted - the person may or may not have questions,

    'Any' is therefore more likely, unless the speakers sees that the person addressed appears to be waiting for the chance to ask questions.
    Thank you! But my colleagues insist that 'any' cannot be used in front of plural nouns in positive sentences. Is that right?

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    Re: If you have any questions...

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    Thank you! But my colleagues insist that 'any' cannot be used in front of plural nouns in positive sentences. Is that right?
    No, your colleagues are wrong.

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    No, your colleagues are wrong.
    Can you tell why 'any' can be used in front of plural nouns in positive sentences? Is it because of 'if'? They say 'if you have some questions' is correct.

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    Re: If you have any questions...

    I thought I was becoming absent-minded, responding to questions and forgetting to submit them. I now see that you are running two threads on the same topic. Please don't do that it can lead to confusing and contradictory answers.

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    Re: If you have any questions...

    For purposes of choosing between 'some' and 'any', note that conditional sentences (denoting hypothetical situations) are treated essentially as interrogatives. Thus

    If you have any problems, I'll help you.

    is correct, while

    *I had any problems, but you didn't help me.

    is not!

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