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    English from Vietnamese law

    Hi, everyone.
    These italic lines are what I found in an ordinance of Vietnamese law. You can also see them here http://www.vietnamvisacorp.com/news/...n-vietnam.html

    Foreigners applying for permanent residence shall carry out the procedures there for at the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Public Security.
    If there is any change in their permanent residence addresses or other registered contents, they shall have to carry out the procedure there for at the card granting agencies.
    If causing damage, they shall have to make compensation there for according to the provisions of law.


    What's the meaning of "there for" in these sentences?

    Besides, from what I understand, the only difference between "there is any change" and "there are any changes" is that more emphasis is implied in the former.
    Is that correct?

    The permanent residence card- issuing agencies shall withdraw or cancel the cards when the card bearers leave for permanent residence in other countries or are expelled.


    Why is there a space right after the hyphen?

    Thank you so very much. Hope that you could help me with these three questions.
    Please let me know if there are any errors in my posts.
    Last edited by khanhhung2512; 18-Aug-2014 at 13:00.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: English from Vietnamese law

    The word they meant to use is "therefor."

    There is no difference in emphasis between "is any change" and "are any changes." There is a difference in the number of changes.

    The space after the hyphen is a mistake.

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    Re: English from Vietnamese law

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There is no difference in emphasis between "is any change" and "are any changes." There is a difference in the number of changes.
    So basically, they're identical in meaning, right?
    And "Is there any mistake in my paragraph?" and "Are there any mistakes in my paragraph?" are both grammatically correct and mean the same, aren't and don't they?
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    Re: English from Vietnamese law

    Yes.

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    Re: English from Vietnamese law

    The reason I asked that is because long ago, when I was still an amateur English learner, I wrote "Is there any mistake in my paragraph?" and a teacher here changed it to "Are there any mistakes in my paragraph?" https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/152790-You-look-familiar
    So that is only due to the different varieties of English, isn't it?
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    Re: English from Vietnamese law

    It is much more common to ask about "mistakes," which is why the teacher corrected you.

    If you ask "Is there any mistake?" someone could answer facetiously, "No. There are lots of mistakes."

    Having said all that, we do normally speak of a "change in address," so the singular is better in this particular example.

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