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(A) He did not/ (B) like to lend me/ (C) any book/ (D) or any money.

(E) No Error.

I read the above sentence in a book. Isn't the second any before money redundant?

Here is how the exercise looks in the book:

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  • You can say He won't lend me any money because money is being used there as an uncountable noun. That doesn't work with book, so He won't lend me any book is an extremely unlikely utterance (it would nearly always be plural books). In practice, your cited text is probably either a deliberately facetious construction or an awkward zeugma/syllepsis. Don't copy it. – FumbleFingers Aug 24 '17 at 16:30
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    @Fumble - Unless the answer is (C), because it should read "any books". (Side note to the O.P.: The second any may be redundant, but redundancy is not an error. Quite often, redundancies are deliberately used for the sake of rhythm, reinforcement, emphasis, or clarity.) – J.R. Aug 24 '17 at 18:09
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    That sort of redundancy is not a grammatical error. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 24 '17 at 19:00
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    any book (singular) is also a valid option. I won't lend you this book or that book. I'm not going to lend you any book. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 24 '17 at 19:00
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    I agree with the others: This is a horrible question. None of the choices is obvious, because there's no way to change one to get a natural-sounding English sentence. – Andrew Aug 24 '17 at 22:58

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