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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 month ago

Is it correct if I say "Is there any supermarket around here"?

So, I've learned that the sentence above is incorrect once you can't use any when you are referring to a singular noun, even if it's an interrogative sentence, so I would have to change the sentence to "Are there any supermarketS around here", like switching to a plural noun, otherwise it would be incorrect. But I don't agree on that and, personally, I don't see a problem. What do you guys think?

Update:

Ok, but if I say "Is there any milk" is correct, but it isn't a plural. That's why I am confused

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  • 1 month ago

    Are there...?

    Is there a...?

  • RP
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can eliminate the issue by: Is there a supermarket nearby?

  • D50
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    You would be understood if you asked that question, but you would also signal that you had not yet mastered English.

  • 1 month ago

    "Supermarket" being a countable noun, you would say "are there any supermarkets . . . ."

    "Milk" is an uncountable noun, so you say "is there any milk . . . . "

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  • 1 month ago

     MiIk doesn't exist as solid small objects--not a countable noun. Unless it in many containers.

     If looking for just any close  by market. Then: "is there a supermarket around here."

    Maybe you want to know the varieties of markets in a given area. Then: " are there any supermarkets around here". But people ask the question both ways, when moving into a new area.

    Source(s): American English speaker.
  • 1 month ago

    Milk can be referred to as 'any' because it is general product. You could say "are there any milk cartons"....

    A supermarket is a singular thing. We would ask: "Is there a supermarket around here".  The reply might be: "Yes, there is one just around the corner."

  • Ian
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Any invites the plural of is to are and supermarket to supermarkets..

  • Is there a supermarket around here? (In the expectation there'll be one.)

    Are there any supermarkets around here? (In the expectation there'll be more than one.)

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