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  1. mamen's Avatar
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    #1

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    what is the difference between the two?

    Do you have any suggestion?

    Do you have any suggestions?

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    #2

    Re: any

    Not a teacher.
    The first sentence is wrong.
    'any' can be followed by uncountable nouns or plural nouns. In this case, 'suggestion' is a countable noun in plural form, so the second sentence is correct.


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    #3

    Re: any

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    what is the difference between the two?

    Do you have any suggestion?

    Do you have any suggestions?
    Nothing, really.

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    #4

    Re: any

    While the first one could be said as "Do you have a suggestion," by using "any" the speaker conveys that any suggestion at all would be welcome.

    When you have been trying to solve a problem, or you know you have to do something, but don't know how to start, you may be a bit desperate for ideas, so "any suggestion at all" would be welcome.

    The second one is simply asking for ideas. The first one, to my ears, conveys a sense of being grateful for any help at all.
    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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