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takkk asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Native English speakers or master users of English: any idea and any ideas?

Do you feel any difference between these two?

(a) Do you have any ideas?

(b) Do you have any idea?

A linguist says that (a) is used when you want to ask for opinions from other and (b) is not regularly used but if it's used, it means you don't know what you are doing.

What do you think? Do you agree with the linguist's opinion?

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  • 1 month ago
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    (B) is a way of saying "Do you have any knowledge about this?". Example: "I wonder how much this costs. Do you have any idea?". (A) could be asking for ideas about anything. Example: "I'm looking for a way to implement my plan. Do you have any ideas?"

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  • Aiden
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    1 month ago

    I agree with the linguist on A.

    (B) I would usually say "Do you have any idea?" in a confrontational manner. Implying that the person that the question is directed at doesn't understand something.

    I've never heard it being said or used it myself as a way of saying that I do not know what I am doing.

    But of course different regions have different ways of saying things.

    • takkk1 month agoReport

      That's what I wanted to hear. Thank you for your feedback. 😊

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