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  1. Newbie
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    Hi! I saw someone else asking about what I want to know but I didn't really find the answer.


    "Any" can be used in negative sentences, in questions and in affirmative sentences if It comes after a limiting answer. But it can also be used in affirmative sentences.
    My question is: I don't live in America, but I have read that "any" can be used in affirmative sentences if it mean "Doesn't matter which or who". For example: "Any drug store will do."
    The sentence "Ask any of your teachers" does according to me not go under that "rule". Can someone please explaine clearly WHY any is used in that sentence. I need a good answer! Thanks!


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    Hi, NOjd,
    Why, that's exactly as I see it: Ask any of your teachers means it doesn't matter which of your teachers, each of them will be able to answer.

    Regards

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    Re: Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, NOjd,
    Why, that's exactly as I see it: Ask any of your teachers means it doesn't matter which of your teachers, each of them will be able to answer.
    Regards


    This usage is effectively responding to a question before it's asked.

    'Ask one of your teachers.'
    'Which one?'
    'Any one.'

    b

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