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    About usage of "every" and "any"

    Dear teachers

    I have some English questions that always bother me when I write.

    After the word "every" or "any", should I use singular or plural? For example:

    "Any advice(s) on the proposal, please let me know"
    "Could you provide every thing(s) to me?"

    Which is right? or both are right?



    Also, Do they have any exceptional example? Any rule in any special situation?

    Regards

    Anthony the learner
    Last edited by patran; 12-Mar-2012 at 05:24.

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    Re: About usage of "every" and "any"

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear teachers

    I have some English questions that always bother me when I write.

    After the word "every" or "any", should I use singular or plural? For example:

    "Any advice(s) on the proposal, please let me know"
    "Could you provide every thing(s) to me?"

    Which is right? or both are right?



    Also, Do they have any exceptional example? Any rule in any special situation?

    Regards

    Anthony the learner
    'Every' can precede only a singular noun. 'Any' can precede both singular and plural nouns, the choice being made on the basis of sense/intended meaning (with the plural tending to be the 'default' choice where there is no good reason to emphasize singularity).

    Note, however, that 'advice' is a noncount noun and therefore singular only, and so *any advices is not grammatical.

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