Any As A Determiner | Class 10 English Grammar


Any is a determiner. It suggests an indefinite quantity or number. It is used when it is not important to say how much/many we are thinking of.

Any is often used in questions and negative clauses, and in other cases where there is an idea of doubt or negation.

Any is also common after if.

Any, no, not any

Note that any alone does not have a negative meaning. It is negative only when it is used with not.

No means the same as not any, but is more emphatic.

Any and Any of

Before a pronoun or a noun with a determiner (the, this, my, your etc.) we use any of.

Note that when any of is followed by a plural subject, the verb can be singular or plural.

Any with singular countable nouns

Any is the plural equivalent of a/an. It is often used before plural and uncountable nouns.

But note that any can be used before a singular countable noun with the meaning of it doesn’t matter who/which/what.

With this meaning any is common in affirmative clauses as well.