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  1. mikephd
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    #1

    which is correct?

    Do you have any problem?
    Do you have any problems?

    I am always confused about the 's'.


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    Re: which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikephd
    Do you have any problem?
    Do you have any problems?
    I am always confused about the 's'.
    The second one is the right one; Do you have any problems ?
    The "any" in your first option should be replaced by "a". The thing is that the word that comes after "any" has to be plural here.
    Kind Regards

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    Re: which is correct?

    Though the normal question with 'any' would take a plural here, you can ask if someone has any problem. It could be used to show that you really care and will listen to any problem, which sounds more reassuring than 'a problem'.

  2. mikephd
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    Re: which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Though the normal question with 'any' would take a plural here, you can ask if someone has any problem. It could be used to show that you really care and will listen to any problem, which sounds more reassuring than 'a problem'.
    So, that means both sentences may be correct in certain circumstances, isn't it?


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    Re: which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Though the normal question with 'any' would take a plural here, you can ask if someone has any problem. It could be used to show that you really care and will listen to any problem, which sounds more reassuring than 'a problem'.
    Hi tdol,
    Thanks for your reply, I understand why "any" is also a possibility here. It only sounded a bit odd to me I think I should not had to reply here in the first place, because this thread is posted under "Ask a Teacher" and I'm far from an English teacher. I was too fast, my apologies for that.
    This is my second day on the board here
    Cheers

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    Re: which is correct?

    Fire away, Johan- that's what a forum is for. It does sound odd to many users, and it is a less common form, but one that occurs.


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    Re: which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Fire away, Johan- that's what a forum is for. It does sound odd to many users, and it is a less common form, but one that occurs.
    Thanks for the nice words tdol, I have already learned a lot via this board.

    Kind Regards

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