Number 2 is correct. Number 1 is not.
Student or Learner
Let's suppose you've just moved in a new town and don't know anything about neighborhood yet.
You've decide to ask if there is any post office and talked to a passer-by.
1. Is there any post office around here?
2. Is there a post office around here?
What is the difference between the first one and the second one?
I'd like to know even a little bitty difference.
Thank you in advance.
Thank you for explaining.
Then, is “are there any post offices?” inappropriate in this situation?
That’s because they are looking for one post office.
Is that it?
Thank you for correcting my English.
I think that's the main point.
In a house, you might expect to find more than one banana.
Do you have any bananas? (Even if you only want one.)
But you expect only one post office.
Now, let's say you're looking for a box to post your letter. That's something that a neighborhood might have more than one of.
Where is the nearest mailbox?
Are there any mailboxes near here?
Is there a mailbox in this neighborhood?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thank you for explaining, but I’m still confused.
Don’t you come up with “Is there any mailbox in this neighborhood?” in any situations?
Should I use “Is there a mailbox?” with the same reason that you presumably think of the closest mailbox?