English as a Second Language/question

Advertisement


Question
Are these sentences correct? if not please correct them.
1.There aren't any bags here.
2.There isn't any bag here.
3.Is there any pen in your bag?
4.Do you have any problem with me?
I am asking you these questions because I have problem with"any".I want to if it is possible to use "any" with singular countable nouns such as bag, pen, problem,etc.
5.There is no book in my bag.
I am asking this one because I want to know if it is correct to use "no" with singular countable nouns such as book.  
I explained the reasons of asking you these questions hope you can help me Amy.

Answer
Hello Nilo,

1.There aren't any bags here. >>> correct

2.There isn't any bag here. I'd rephrase it to read: There is no bag here.

3.Is there any pen in your bag? I'd rephrase it to read: Is there a pen in your bag?

4.Do you have any problem with me? >>> I'd rephrase it to read: Do you have a problem with me?

5.There is no book in my bag. >>> correct

You might want to read the info here for more on the use of "any":
http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/azar/grammar_ex/message_board/archive/articles/

I hope this helps.

Best,

Amy

English as a Second Language

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Amy Baker

Expertise

I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.

Experience

I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

Education/Credentials
BSc MEd TESL post grad program for k-12 TESL post grad program for adult ed

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.