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    #1

    if any

    Is this sentence correct:
    1-We'll have to decide our next move, if any.

    If it is, is it formal or colloquial?

    It is supposed to mean "... if there are going to be any next moves".

    There is no 'if clause' in 1, so I think 'if any' is an idiom here.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: if any

    I wouldn't write that sentence, on the grounds that not making a move is one of the moves possible. Not all would agree though.
    But, "if any" is fine in its place.
    "She has very little money, if any." = "If she has any money, it's very little." (So, semantically, there's an 'if' clause.)
    The implication is that she may have no money at all.

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    #3

    Re: if any

    For me, that means "We will have t decide out next move or decide to not make a move at all".

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