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Subhajit12

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Hindi
Hi everyone, Are both of the following sentences correct?

1- If there are (any) cars parked in the road, they will be towed away.

2- If there is any car parked in the road, it will be towed away.

I know we generally use the first sentence in these circumstances. But is there any situation where I can use the second sentence? I have seen people use the second sentence too but not so often.

One more question, if I omit 'any' in the first sentence (If there are cars parked in the road, they will be towed away), will that be correct too?
 
  • sdgraham

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    USA English
    Your sentences are correct, but we (at least in AE) are likely to be more concise and say, "Any car parked in the road will be towed."
     

    Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    I agree that #1 is more likely but I'll add that #2 sounds very strange, although it's grammatically correct. I can't imagine saying it.

    Much the best, because it's brief and forceful, is 'Any car/s parked in the road (after 9 am) will be towed'.
     
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