AhQ ['a: kiu] said
Thank you AhQ for your answer, which I find rather judiciousYour question is quite interesting, Pissadou, even though not that easy clarifying. The grammar rules are built from the way the language spontaneously grows. Many cases of the language stick to the rules but some particuliar cases often go otherwise............ I quote your report of a GymGlish text: "'any' cannot be used with a singular, countable noun." That seems to be true with the example that is said 'grammatically' incorrect. Mind the qualitative 'grammatically'. I think they would say " I don't have a single friend" or "I don't have friends" because many peple have many friends, a term that is used to being countable. But I think that the rule hasn't to be applied literally but according to the meaning. I'd say "that coach hasn't got any driver" as the noun driver is countable but any bus is supposed to count one driver at a time. I also read in my dictionary that "this pan hasn't got any lid." because a pan hasn't ever several lids at the same time................................ Now let's shift to your second quotation "the verb doesn't carry any negation." Of course the word negation can be countable is some contexts, for instance as a headline of a list of negative sentences. But here negation rather means the act or process of negating. In this context it looks more like an uncountable term. In the same way, they would say "I don't see any reason to believe...". Can 'reason', like 'negation', not go as an uncountable concept?...................................Mind you, Pissadou. This is only a way of explanation fancied by a guy who's been a GymGlish fan for many years but who is far from being a grammarian or a literate person. So take his opinion with a pinch of doubt and try to further explore it?