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    Please help me

    Hello there
    Could you tell me whether the word "any" can be followed by a singular countable noun in negative sentences or questions? Thank you.

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    Re: Please help me

    Do you mean for instance:

    'There is not any sandwich for my lunch'?

    If so, no.

    Rover

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    Re: Please help me

    Lisa, it would be helpful if you gave your threads more useful titles, like any + singular noun.

    I would like to add the comment that the normal construction doesn't use the singular, but it's possible in emphatic situations.

    A: There's a spider! Squash it!
    B: Spiders are beneficial, so leave it alone. Besides, I don't see a spider.
    A: No, it's right there. Eeek! Do something!
    B: I don't see a spider! There is no spider!
    A: It's right here, between us! (running away)
    B: For heaven's sake, there isn't any spider there!
    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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