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any
‘any’
You use any in front of a singular countable noun to talk about each thing or person of a particular type.
Look it up in any large dictionary.
These are things that any man might do under pressure.
You use any in front of a plural countable noun to talk about all things or people of a particular type.
The patients know their rights like any other consumers.
You use any in front of an uncountable noun to talk about an amount of something.
Throw any leftovers in the bin.
When you use any in front of a singular countable noun or an uncountable noun, you use a singular form of a verb with it.
Any book that attracts children as much as this has to be taken seriously.
While any poverty remains, it must have the first priority.
When you use any in front of a plural countable noun, you use a plural form of a verb with it.
Before any decisions are made, ministers are carrying out a full enquiry.
‘any of’
You use any of in front of a plural noun phrase beginning with the, these, those, or a possessive to talk about each thing or person belonging to a particular group.
It was more expensive than any of the other magazines.
You can find more information at any of our branches.
You can use either a plural or singular form of a verb with any of and a plural noun phrase. The singular form is more formal.
Find out if any of his colleagues were at the party.
There is no sign that any of these limits has been reached.
You use any of in front of a singular noun phrase beginning with the, this, that, or a possessive to talk about each part of something.
I'm not going to give you any of the money.
I feel guilty taking up any of your time.
You can also use any of in front of the pronouns this, that, these, those, it, us, you, or them.
Has any of this been helpful?
I don't believe any of it.
Be careful
Don't use any without of in front of these pronouns. Don't say, for example, Has any this been helpful?'
You can use either a plural or singular form of a verb with any of and the pronouns these, those, us, you, and them.
It didn't seem that any of us were ready.
I don't think any of us wants that.
used in questions and negatives
Any is used, especially after have, in questions and negative sentences.
Do you have any suggestions?
We don't have any sugar.
➜ For more information, see some
used as a pronoun
Any can also be a pronoun.
Discuss it with your female colleagues, if you have any.
The meeting was different from any that had gone before.
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