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  1. Banned
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    Multiple choice option [either/any of them is good]

    A: Which of the two do you recommend?
    B: Well ……..of them is good.

    a)both
    b)either (Answer Key)
    c)any
    d)none

    Hi,

    Can option "c" (any) be correct as well? If not then why?

    Source: Taken from school exam sheets
    Thank you

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    Re: Multiple choice option [either/any of them is good]

    It is not correct because the word "any" nowadays has a meaning that evokes a multiplicity of choices and possibilities, always more than two. You could think of it as related to "many" in some ways, although it used to mean "none" about a thousand years ago.

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    Re: Multiple choice option [either/any of them is good]

    sb70012, try remembering that either is normally used with reference to two people or things in constructions of this type; any for more than two.

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