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    #1

    any

    If I were _______ younger, I would do ______ Iím interested in.
    A. some; whatever
    B. any; whatever
    C. still; what
    D. more; what
    The answer is B

    What does the any function here? A quantifier, an intensifier or something else? Is it used natural here?

    Many many thanks in advance.

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    Re: any

    I guess it is for emphasis and exaggeration.


    Let us assume for isntance that I am 40 years old. I wish I could have been any younger to do the job. This means that even 39 years old would do.

    Conisder the following explanation from Collins Cobuild:

    any
    You can also use any to emphasize a comparative adjective or adverb in a negative statement.
    I can't see things getting any easier for graduates.
    Anne's not getting any younger.
    ADV: ADV compar emphasis


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    Re: any

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    I guess it is for emphasis and exaggeration.


    Let us assume for isntance that I am 40 years old. I wish I could have been any younger to do the job. This means that even 39 years old would do.

    Conisder the following explanation from Collins Cobuild:

    any
    You can also use any to emphasize a comparative adjective or adverb in a negative statement.
    I can't see things getting any easier for graduates.
    Anne's not getting any younger.
    ADV: ADV compar emphasis
    The Collins Cobuild definition given by Mohammed is the right one even if this particular sentence isn't negative.

    In your sentence "I wish I could have been any younger.... ", any wouldn't be appropriate here. It would have to be "I wish I could have been a little / a bit younger."

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    #4

    Re: any

    So it is. The any is used tricky here, and a little / a bit younger would be better.

    Further, what about some? Can it be possible for the first blank?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by henz988; 14-Apr-2008 at 05:37.

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    Re: any

    As far as I know, "some", as a rule, cannot come before a comparativve adjective like "younger".


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    Re: any

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    As far as I know, "some", as a rule, cannot come before a comparativve adjective like "younger".
    You're right.

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