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    • Join Date: Apr 2006
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    #1

    any/a

    1. Do you have a child?

    2. Do you have any child?

    3. Do you have any children?

    4. There isn't a hospital in our town.

    5. There isn't any hospital in our town.

    6. There aren't any hospitals in our town.

    Which of the above sentences is incorrect?

    Thank you very much for your reply


    • Join Date: Apr 2006
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    #2

    Re: any/a

    we use any in plural form so if you use it with countable nouns you should use "are" and the plural form of the noun with it; but if the noun is uncountable you should use "is" with any so "There isn't any child" is wrong actually. It should be "There aren't any children"
    I hope that's clear enough for you!

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    #3

    Re: any/a

    2 is incorrect.


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    #4

    Smile Re: any/a

    Hi, tdol
    Please could you explain why #2 is incorrect

    Thanks,

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    #5

    Re: any/a

    any + singular in a question would be used when you really don't believe the person or for great emphasis, which doesn't fit here.

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