In Longman's Common Mistakes in English Grammar Practice, 6th ed. (2002) by T.J. Fitikides, at #251, the author recommends using make a noise instead of make noise. The sentences go like this:
Don't say: I told them not to make noise.
Say: I told them not to make a noise.
- It's a negative sentence, so why not use any instead of a, i.e. I told them not to make any noise[s]?
Is it wrong to say to a couple of noisy students in the hallway for example, Don`t make any noise[s]?
I've looked up the word noise and it's both count and non-count. In the context that I made above which one is correct or more common?
- Don't make any noise.
- Don't make any noises.
- Don't make a noise.
- Don't make noises.