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I have a question: If after  "any" a countable noun comes, then should the noun be singular or plural?

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Hello Hame,

I am doing great and I hope you are too.

Consider this:

Uncountable nouns are nouns which come in a state or quantity which is impossible to count; liquids are uncountable, as are things which act like liquids (sand, air) They’re always considered to be singular, and can be used with a, some, any, a little, and much.
Example:  Is there any information you can give me?  (Information is uncountable).

Countable nouns are nouns which can be counted, even if the number might be extraordinarily high (like counting all the people in the world). Countable nouns can be used with a/an, the, some, any, a few, and many.  We don't usually use 'any' with singular countable nouns.
Example:  I don't have any new clothes to wear. (clothes is a countable noun and it is plural).

However, one can say, "Any good book is worth reading."  Here 'any' has a different meaning to indicate it does not matter which one.

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