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  1. Junior Member
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    "Any" & singular nouns


    I need to change these sentences into negative and use ďanyĒ:-

    Thereís a chemist in the high street.
    There is a different band every day.

    Can someone please tell me if these are correct:-

    There isnít any chemist in the high street.
    There isnít any different band every day.

    My friend told me that ďanyĒ isnít used with a singular noun and that ďaĒ would be better. Is he correct?


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    Re: "Any" & singular nouns

    It's more natural to say "There aren't any chemists on the high street."

    I can't think of a natural way to negate and write the second one using "any."
    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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    Re: "Any" & singular nouns

    I would agree with your friend, but you can use "any" with non-count nouns as in "There isn't any coffee in the cabinet".

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