Omission of noun after "any"

Don7123

Member
Bengali
Hi there can I omit the words in brackets after any?

1- There are many apples on the table. You can take any one (apple) you want.

2- There are many apples on the table. You can take any (apples) you want.

Can I also say this?

3- There are many apples on the table. You can take any ones you want.
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is usual to omit the noun when it is clear what it is that "any" refers to, and it would be odd to say "apple" or "apples" in (1) and (2). However, knowing whether "any" refers to one or more than one can be very tricky. "Any one" in (1) is fine, but "any" on its own in (2) is not, and it is likely that the person would use a different expression such as "as many as you want" or "whatever you want".

    "Any ones" in (3) makes it clear that "any" refers to more than one apple, and is fine, but I still think it more likely that a different expression would be used.
     
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