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    Are / Is there any

    Which of the following sentences is right?

    1. Is there any dog in the park?
    2. Are there any dogs in the park?

    Would you please give some examples?

    Thank you

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    Re: Are / Is there any

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    Which of the following sentences is right?

    1. Is there any dog in the park?
    2. Are there any dogs in the park?
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    #3

    Re: Are / Is there any

    But I think there should be a difference between the corrected sentence 1 and the sentnce 2.

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    #4

    Re: Are / Is there any

    Which of the following sentences is right?

    1. Is there any dog in the park? -- the interest is in the existence of a dog in the park, no matter what breed of dog
    2. Are there any dogs in the park? -- the interest is in the number of dogs
    Both.

    Ask any grammarian if you do not trust me.

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    #5

    Re: Are / Is there any

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    But I think there should be a difference between the corrected sentence 1 and the sentence 2.
    Yes.

    In #1, the speaker does not know whether or not there is a dog in the park. Possibly he suspects there might be one.

    #2 is a far more general question, and is therefore the one we would be most likely to hear. This is not so much a question for a grammarian as a reflection of real life. Assuming that the park is not tiny, there are more likely to be a number of dogs than one. So the general question with any covers all numbers, including one.

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Both.

    Ask any grammarian if you do not trust me.
    Thank you all.

    According to Corum's idea, that means the sentence below is also right?
    Is there any dog in the park?

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    Re: Are / Is there any

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Both.

    Ask any grammarian if you do not trust me.
    Please give me more real situstions. Thank you.

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    #8

    Re: Are / Is there any

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    Which of the following sentences is right?

    1. Is there any dog in the park?
    2. Are there any dogs in the park?

    Would you please give some examples?

    Thank you
    Both are grammatical. #1, however, is natural only with emphasis on 'any'. For the normal, unemphatic form of the question, we would use either #2, or (as someone has already suggested)

    Is there a dog in the park?

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    #9

    Re: Are / Is there any

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    Thank you all.

    According to Corum's idea, that means the sentence below is also right?
    Is there any dog in the park?
    ***** NOT ***** A ***** TEACHER *****


    Would someone please tell me whether I have understood the proper

    use of this unusual question? If I have, I shall credit those who taught

    me; if I have not, I shall delete the post. (Dido: It is necessary to

    stress the word "any." That is, you must say it louder than the

    other words. I used bold (black) type to remind you.)

    *****


    AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE WORLD PEACE PARK

    Tom: Good morning, officers. Could you tell me whether there are

    any dogs in the park now? If there are, I must leave, for I am afraid

    of dogs.

    Officer Smith: Well, sir, I did see three large dogs about an hour ago.

    Officer Jones: Oh, their owners took them home a half hour ago.

    Officer Smith: There you go, sir. There are no dogs in the park. Please

    come in.

    Officer Johnson: Sorry, guys! But I saw a little dog about ten

    minutes ago.

    Officers Smith and Jones: Oh, really?

    Tom: Officers, please! I have to know. Is there ANY dog in the park

    right now? If there is ANY dog ( = even one dog), I will not come in.

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