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I used ChatGPT and I was surprised that it generated the sentence:

If there are any viable options, we should carefully weigh each one before making a decision.

Shouldn't it be always singular when we use any? I find it weird. I thought you would say "If there's any viable option".

In this phrase, 'are' is used with the plural noun 'options,' which aligns with conventional grammar rules. However, since 'any' is a determiner that often precedes singular nouns, there is a potential conflict in number agreement.

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    Where did you get the information that any can only be used with singular nouns? That's not correct. It can be used with singular or plural nouns. For example: "Are there any people who can help?", or "Is there any person who can help?"
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 10:03
  • I saw people using it like that, but I always thought it was a grammar error somehow.
    – Sayaman
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 11:53

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"Any" could refer to multiple options in that sentence. It can be used as any one, but here, it is used as any of a set.

E.G. "Are there any numbers greater than 17?" is valid English, though the answer would be, "Infinitely many."

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