Any+singular or plural noun?

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Could anybody please explain the use of singular or plural noun following "any"? I have seen its use with both singular and plural nouns. For example, "any informations, any vacancies, any advice, any help".
I think [ANY + countable noun (plural)]
and [ANY + noncountable noun] <---- e.g. "any help" etc.
Am I right?
regards,
Meg
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[ANY + noncountable noun] Yes, possible.
[ANY + countable noun singular] Yes, possible.
[ANY + countable noun plural] Yes, possible.

For the first one, you have no choice. (By the way, "information" is noncountable in English. There is no word "informations".) Emotion: smile

The choice between the second and third may be what's giving you trouble. Can you give more specific sentences where you are having difficulty deciding whether singular or plural is correct?
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Thank you very much CalifJim for your help!

[ANY + countable noun singular]
[ANY + countable noun plural]

Now I understand this. Actually I used to think that [ANY + countable noun plural] was wrong. But now the use of ANY is clear to me.

And for the word "informations", thanks for catching my mistake. Emotion: smile
[ANY + countable noun plural] is not at all wrong. I'm glad you don't think so anymore!Emotion: smile
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Thanks CalifJim for your help.
Actually I am a non-native speaker of English. The problem with non-native speakers is they translate their language to English and sometimes what we think is correct in our own language may not be correct while translating. In my language, we don't use ANY with plural noun. And there are many other examples like ANY.
I am glad that with the help of friends like you, I am able to understand the correct usage of English.
Warm regards,
meg2589
Anonymous:
The problem with non native speakers could be because of the translation from their native languages. It could also because of the fact that most of the non native speakers think in their native languages when they have to speak and try to put words in english that would be of close match. If we start thinking in English, the problem can be resolve I guess.

Also, English as a language is very unscientific and has no logical reasoning. For many a things, we have to blindly agree.

All the best

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Do you have any questions?
Do you have any question?

Any difference between the two sentences meaningwise?
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Calif,

You said that the choice between

ANY + plural countablenoun or

ANY + singular countable noun

depends on context. I hope you could explain more.

I have two examples to start with. The teacher explains a lesson and then says:

a. Clear! Any questoins?

b. Clear! Any question?

Any difference between them?

Another example. You want to borrow a pen, so you say:

a. Do you have any pens?

b. Do you have any pen?

Any difference between them?

Thanks a lot.
a. Clear! Any questoins? << more idiomatic; use this one

b. Clear! Any question?

a. Do you have any pens? << more idiomatic; use this one

b. Do you have any pen?

In questions and negations, and perhaps in general, a (an) is usually used with the singular -- not any.

Do you have a question?
Do you have a pen?
You don't have a pen?
He didn't want to ask a question.

any with the singular is found in if clauses, sometimes with the meaning even a single:

If any mistake is found, ...

If any person dares to disobey, ...
If there is any poem you would like to share with the class, ...

And also in the meaning whatever, no matter which.

You can choose any dessert you want.
Any inexpensive gift will do. It doesn't have to be fancy.

Any member of the committee you ask will tell you the same thing.

CJ
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