Me neither. I gave you 3 examples of the opposite, and could probably invent 20 more in the next ten minutes.I don't want to insist that you're wrong (Of course it's your language ) but I don't understand why Longman has emphasized that (MUST put the nouns into the plural)
That has absolutely nothing to do with this question.As far as I know such contorted structures are likely to be heard in informal conversations where people tend to use contracted forms:
"There's too many people in this room." instead of "there are..."
"How's things?" instead of saying "How are things?"
As Spira said, Longman's rule is an oversimplification: grammar manuals tend to give beginning learners clear, black-and-white guidelines, but advanced learners will eventually discover that these rules are too strongly worded.I don't understand that why Longman has emphasized that (MUST put the nouns into the plural)
Google is useful when the numbers are small. If you search for "is there any elephants" (4 hits) vs "are there any elephants" (16000 hits), the answer is very clear, and very reliable. On the other hand, when Google says it found one or two million pages, this tells you next to nothing, and you need to narrow down your search.Thank you very much. I've just misled with these huge results , and now I have a valuable experience that these results aren't reliable.
Why can't we say "is there any car..."? It's almost equivalent to believing that "is there anyone..." is an incorrect expression.There are various attitude about it . I think for some words like 'difference' which can be countable or uncountable we can say "Is there any difference..." or "Are there any differences..." . But for those words which are only countable like 'car' we can't say "Is there any car"
(With respect to all of you guys)
I'll wait to hear your advice .
As Spira has said, we can say this, although I would not say that it is correct in all circumstances.Why can't we say "is there any car..."?
Mostly due to laziness many English spekaers esp in the U.S. will say this. Also heard a lot is something like, "There's a lot of widgets in there"or "There's a lot of bananas on the table" or whatever, when it "should be "There are". This is mainly due to laziness - since it is harder to say 'there are ' than to say 'there is' because of the two "r"' sounds together.I've just searched and I saw that there's about 1,440,000 results with " Is there any differences ...." and I guessed that it's true.
.I would not put any trust in those Google hits
The ~1,500,000 is an estimate and once the number goes above a few hundred or thousand, you can't believe it as meaning anything other than "lots".In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 436 already displayed.
Now I wonder what if we swap any for a in those sentences?This is proof that the number of hits on Google is NOT proof of validity.
Examples of countable nouns in the singular after ANY:
Is there anything wrong?
Is there any car big enough to fit an elephant?
Is there any god out there listening to me?
The first : is there such a thing as a car big enough to fit an elephant?1) Is there any car big enough to fit an elephant?
2) Is there a car big enough to fit an elephant?
It makes sense. Does it mean that, typically, sentences with "any car"-pattern are used in questions?The first : is there such a thing as a car big enough to fit an elephant?
The second : Do you have a car that could fit an elphant?
Or : is there a specific car which could fit an elephant around here?