Pronouns are words we use in the place of a full noun.

There are many different kinds of pronouns.


I want to know when we use the word
'Any' with Singular countable noun
and when with plural countable noun.
It's a little confusing for me while

I don't have any problem. (any with singular countable noun)

Do you have any chocolates ? (any with plural countable noun)

why is that so that both noun 'Problem and Chocolate are countable still one with any is in singular form while other in plural ?

Hello SonuKumar,

It is unusual to use 'any' with singular count nouns, but it does happen when the noun has a general meaning. There is some debate whether this is actually a case of the singular count noun being used as a synonym of a non-count noun (any problem as a synonym for any trouble, for example, or any idea as a synonym for any notion).

You can find a discussion of the topic on this page.



The LearnEnglish Team


Which case of pronoun should I use after preposition?

For example :

No one but him / he was present in the meeting.

Which pronoun shall I use?


Hello amol,

We use an object pronoun after a preposition, so the correct phrase would be 'no-one but him...'



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Sir, The idea is to tell one that things are possible but Everything is not possible or Not everything is possible.

Which one is right 'Everything is not possible or Not everything is possible' ?
If both are right, is there a difference between these two ?

Hi SonuKumar,

I'm not sure about the metaphysical side of this question, but 'Not everything is possible' is what I would say. There is nothing grammatically incorrect with the other phrase, but it's not one that people use in speaking or writing. It would also have a different meaning -- it would mean something like 'Everything is impossible' (whereas the other one says that some things are possible and some are not).

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir
Please let me know Whether it is all right to write this sentence without a comma or a
comma is a must before 'but'
e.g. I went to the supermarket to buy vegetables, but I couldn't not buy them.
The second sentence is: I went to the supermarket to to buy vegetables but could not buy them. Is the second sentence correct without a comma.?
Please let me know.
Thank you.

Hi Lal,

This really depends on the particular style that a writer follows, but in general in British English I believe the comma is used less often than in American English. Some say that the general rule is that a comma can precede 'but' when 'but' is connecting two independent clauses, e.g. see this BBC page, but not everyone agrees about this. You can find lots of opinions about this by doing an internet search for 'comma before but'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Is it correct to omit pronouns and say : Today I woke up at 6.00a.m., ran with my dog for an hour, returned to my house, fed my dog, had breakfast, took a shower and practiced my English?

Hi David,

Yes, it is, especially in informal speaking and writing. This is called ellipsis, which you can read a little more about by following the link if you're interested.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team