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    Winwin2011 is offline Senior Member
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    a reason or any reasons

    Mak, you have been late for work every day. Is there a reason?

    I wonder if it is natural to use "Are there any reasons" in the above context? If Yes, is there a difference?

    Thanks.

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    Re: a reason or any reasons

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Mak, you have been late for work every day. Is there a reason?

    I wonder if it is natural to use "Are there any reasons" in the above context? If Yes, is there a difference?

    Thanks.
    The first suggests they only expect to hear one reason. The second suggests one or more reasons. However, there is no meaningful difference between the questions. You are more likely to hear the first.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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