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Tell me whether this picture is any good.

Splitting from Google wouldn't do consumers any good.


Is "good" a fused-modifier and head in the NP "any good" in the sentences above?

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I think it is.

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Tell me whether this picture is any good.

No: "any good" is not a fused NP, but an adjective phrase.

The adjective "good" accepts "any" (and "no") as a degree modifier in non-affirmative contexts.

The radio reception wasn't any good.

This car is no good.

"Good" is an adjective in both these examples.

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No, "good" is a noun there.

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tkacka15Tell me whether this picture is any good.
Splitting from Google wouldn't do consumers any good.
Is "good" a fused-modifier and head in the NP "any good" in the sentences above?

Did you by any chance change this question after I replied? I don't remember seeing the first sentence. My answer applied only to the second. Maybe I somehow misread the question or accidentally thought there were two examples of the same thing.

BillJThe radio reception wasn't any good.
This car is no good.
"Good" is an adjective in both these examples.

Right, but it is a noun in "do good" (OP's second sentence) (cf. "do harm").

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Thank you for the replies.

GPYDid you by any chance change this question after I replied? I don't remember seeing the first sentence. My answer applied only to the second. Maybe I somehow misread the question or accidentally thought there were two examples of the same thing.

No. I put both sentences in my original question. By the way, there's no possibility for me to edit the question to correct/change it. I think that only moderators have the right of editing questions and answers.

tkacka15No. I put both sentences in my original question.

OK, I must be going gaga.

tkacka15By the way, there's no possibility for me to edit the question to correct/change it.

I think you may be able to, but only for a certain limited time (maybe ten minutes or something). Click on the "..." icon at the bottom right of the post, and then choose "Edit".

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