Could anyone please tell me what is the role of any in this sentence and can I leave out any in the sentence?
I love to read books. I have books of many writers. I have a book named 'Gitanjali' written by Rabindranath Tagore and a book named 'Hamlet' written by William Shakespeare and many more books. I don't need (any) more books.
I think I can leave out any in the above sentence.
Here is another example:
Me: Hey dad, I know you are going for a hike. I have given five packets of biscuits in your bag. Do you need (any) more packets of biscuits?
Dad: No no that's enough. I don't need (any) more packets of biscuits.
I think I can also leave out any in both the above sentences.
And one more question, what does it mean when we use any before comparative degrees. Is it necessary to use any before comparative degrees can I leave it out? I don't often use any before comparative degrees.
Here is the example:
John: Yesterday, we lost the match to Manchester United. Our strikers were out of form. Could it have been any better if the coach had substituted them? What do you think Mani?
Me: No, I don't think it could be any better because all the players were out of form.