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Will17

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Hello,

What is the difference between "inside" and "on the inside"?


I sometimes get confused by the use of any +singular and any+plural?
(Is my question grammatically correct?)

Example:

Have you got any meeting this month?

Or

Have you got any meetings this month?

Which one is correct, please?

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Attention: I’m not a teacher.

Will17,

There is a brief explanation of the matter in question.

inside (n) an inner or interior part.
inside (adj.) inner; interior
inside (adv.)
  1. Into or in the interior; within.
  2. On the inner side.
  3. Slang. In prison.
on the inside (idiom)
  1. in a position of confidence or influence.
any (adj) one, some, every, or all without specification
Take any book you want. Are there any messages for me? Any child would love that. Give me any food you don't want.
any (pron.) (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Any one or more persons, things, or quantities.
Any (adv.)
To any degree or extent; at all: didn't feel any better.
When used as a pronoun, any can take either a singular or plural verb, depending on how it is construed: Any of these books is suitable (that is, any one). But are any (that is, some) of them available? • The construction of any is often used in informal contexts to mean “of all,” as in He is the best known of any living playwright. In an earlier survey this example was unacceptable in writing to 67 percent of the Usage Panel. • Any is also used to mean “at all” before a comparative adjective or adverb in questions and negative sentences: Is she any better? Is he doing any better? He is not any friendlier than before. This usage is entirely acceptable. The related use of any to modify a verb is considered informal. In writing, one should avoid sentences like It didn't hurt any or If the child cries any, give her the bottle.


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This is still not very vlear to me. Could someone else try to help me please?


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Hello,

What is the difference between "inside" and "on the inside"?


I sometimes get confused by the use of any +singular and any+plural?
(Is my question grammatically correct?)I understand your concern as any
is normally used with plural and uncountable nouns in questions, negative and conditional sentences. (Source)

We usually say: Have you got a meeting this month= one meeting.
It is acceptable to say: Have you got any meeting this month?= a meeting of any kind, it does not matter which kind.
Compare:
do you have a pencil=one pencil
do you have any pencil=any, it does not matter which kind.

Or

Have you got any meetings this month? =without any specification

Which one is correct, please?any is followed by either a singular noun or a plural noun depending on the context:

Is there any man capable of answering my question?
Are there any men capable of answering my question?

Have you got any meeting and have you got any meetings -both are ok;-)
If someone is "on the inside", they have a job or position in which they have special or secret information. Give us more context please.

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