I know that the word 'any' can be used with plural and singular nouns depending on the location of the word 'any', however, I feel using the plural noun following my sample sentence is incorrect.

The university forbids students to smoke in any buildings.

I think the 's' in "building" is unnecessary. Can someone comment and explain this please?

  • It's definitely unnecessary, but I don't think it's incorrect. – Peter Shor May 23 '16 at 21:09

I would use "any buildings" only where the context implied that it could refer to one or more than one building at the same time; for example:

Give me the names of any buildings over four storeys high.

But you can smoke in only one building at a time, so I would unhesitatingly say:

The university forbids students to smoke in any building

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Because building is a countable noun, you should use the plural form of it after ANY.

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