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    #1

    some/any ice cream

    1. I want some ice cream.
    2. We don't have any ice cream.

    I believe that "ice cream" is uncountable noun in #1 and can be either in #2.
    Do you agree?

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    #2

    Re: some/any ice cream

    It is functioning as an uncountable noun in both sentences.

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    #3

    Re: some/any ice cream

    1. We don't have any book.
    2. We don't have any books.

    In these cases, "book" is a countable noun. "ice cream" can also function as a countable noun. So, should these sentences below are also correct with ice cream functioning as countable noun?

    3. We don't have any ice cream.
    4. We don't have any ice creams.

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    #4

    Re: some/any ice cream



    We don't have any book.

    This is not natural in most contexts.

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    #5

    Re: some/any ice cream

    This is a sentence in my dictionary. Is it natural?

    Have you any book(s)?

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    #6

    Re: some/any ice cream

    Please name the dictionary.

    'Have you any book?' is unnatural. 'Have you any books?' is fine.

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    #7

    Re: some/any ice cream

    It is English - Vietnamese dictionary.

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    #8

    Re: some/any ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We don't have any book.

    This is not natural in most contexts.
    I think it would be better if 'any' was replaced with 'a'.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    It is English - Vietnamese dictionary.
    Was it written by a native English speaker or a Vietnamese?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: some/any ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    It is English - Vietnamese dictionary.
    It may be in a Vietnamese dictionary but it could be a printing error.

    For as long as I have been able to speak or read I have never seen or heard anyone use "Have you any book?". And for once I'm pretty certain AmE won't use it either.

    To me, as a first language speaker, it sounds completely unnatural, and completely wrong. (49 year old British English speaker).
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 02-Aug-2015 at 13:34.

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    #10

    Re: some/any ice cream

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Was it written by a native English speaker or a Vietnamese?
    By a Vietnamese team.

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