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    #1

    any???

    any idea or any ideas???


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    #2

    Re: any???

    Any idea. Not that I really have any idea what you're talking about, but I think I might have answered your question. :)

    [native speaker but not teacher]

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    #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Any idea. Not that I really have any idea what you're talking about, but I think I might have answered your question. :)
    Thanks!!!

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    I know!!!


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    #4

    Re: any???

    On the other hand, do you have any ideas as to what the answer might be?


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    Re: any???

    Anglika is right; depending on context, you could use either the singular or the plural.

    First, what I jumped to conclusions with--"idea" in the sense of knowledge:

    "What's all the noise and confusion across the street about?"
    "I have no idea."

    "Do you have any idea how hard I worked to clean this house? And your friends made it into a pigsty in ten minutes."

    OR, if you are using ideas in a "countable" sense:

    "How are we going to increase our direct sales in the next quarter? Any ideas?"

    "I'm having a hard time getting started on another novel. I just don't seem to have any ideas for a good plot."

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    Re: any???

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Anglika is right; depending on context, you could use either the singular or the plural.

    First, what I jumped to conclusions with--"idea" in the sense of knowledge:

    "What's all the noise and confusion across the street about?"
    "I have no idea."

    "Do you have any idea how hard I worked to clean this house? And your friends made it into a pigsty in ten minutes."

    OR, if you are using ideas in a "countable" sense:

    "How are we going to increase our direct sales in the next quarter? Any ideas?"

    "I'm having a hard time getting started on another novel. I just don't seem to have any ideas for a good plot."
    Ok, so if it's countable I use "ideas" and if it's not countable "idea". Please tell me if this is right...

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    #7

    Re: any???

    'idea' is a countable noun, regardless. Its being used in the sg form does not mean it is uncountable. What differs is its contextual meaning(s) both in both the singular and plural form.

    idea - definition of idea by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    'idea' is a countable noun, regardless. Its being used in the sg form does not mean it is uncountable. What differs is its contextual meaning(s) both in both the singular and plural form.

    idea - definition of idea by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Bianca, am I right to think that if it's a countable noun I'll use the plural form after "any", and vice versa?

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    #9

    Re: any???

    Do you have any idea how much trouble you're in? (One concept - how much trouble.)
    Do you have any ideas on how to fix the situation? (Many solutions are possible.)

    -- A writer, not a teacher

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