- 1used with uncountable or plural nouns in negative sentences and questions, after if or whether, and after some verbs such as prevent, ban, forbid, etc. to refer to an amount or a number of something, however large or small I didn't eat any meat. Are there any stamps? I've got hardly any money. You can't go out without any shoes. He forbids any talking in class. She asked if we had any questions. In positive sentences, some is usually used instead of any:I've got some paper if you want it.It is also used in questions that expect a positive answer:Would you like some milk in your tea?
- 2used with singular countable nouns to refer to one of a number of things or people, when it does not matter which one Take any book you like. Any color will do. Any teacher will tell you that students learn at different rates. see also case, event, rate
- 3 not just any used to show that someone or something is special It's not just any day—it's my birthday!
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