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    Indefinite Pronouns in Conditionals

    Hi,

    I've learned that I use "any", "anyone" etc., in a question and negative sentence but now I've seen a sentence which said:-

    If there are any problems with the new machine, please tell me.

    Is this wrong because it's not a negative sentence or question? Should it be:-

    If there are some problems with the new machine, please tell me.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns in Conditionals

    I'm not a ESL teacher or a grammar expert but I am however a native English speaker and the use of any in this instance sounds correct.Sorry I can not explain the grammatical reasons behind why it is correct.

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns in Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    Hi,

    I've learned that I use "any", "anyone" etc., in a question and negative sentence but now I've seen a sentence which said:-

    If there are any problems with the new machine, please tell me.

    Is this wrong because it's not a negative sentence or question? Should it be:-

    If there are some problems with the new machine, please tell me.

    Thank you!
    Hi,

    Maybe this will help you (definition 1.a)

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns in Conditionals

    See also this.

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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns in Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    Is this wrong because it's not a negative sentence or question?
    No, it's not wrong- the 'rule' you're thinking of is not actually a rule- many rules are more guidelines than absolute rules.

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