Hello,

1. Is there a song that you can sing in French?

2. Are there any songs that you can sing in French?

3. Is there any song that you can sing in French?

I know sentences 1 and 2 are correct, but what about 3?

I don't think it is correct, but is it acceptable?

Apple

 

 

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apple posted:
3. Is there any song that you can sing in French?


I know sentences 1 and 2 are correct, but what about 3?

I don't think it is correct, but is it acceptable?

Hi, Apple: Sentence (3) is both correct and acceptable, but, unlike (1) and (2), would be used only in a context in which it had already been determined that there were many songs that the addressee couldn't sing in French.

Hello again.

This is to make sure if I got David's reply correctly.

So, when someone says, "Is there any song that you can sing in French?" , she means something like the following.

I know you can sing a log of songs in Italian, but since you've never studied French , is there any chance that you happen to know a French song ? I mean a song that you can sing in French.

Apple

 

 

apple posted:
So, when someone says, "Is there any song that you can sing in French?" , she means something like the following.


I know you can sing a log of songs in Italian, but since you've never studied French , is there any chance that you happen to know a French song ? I mean a song that you can sing in French.

Hello again, Apple,

That's not exactly what I had in mind. Let me give you an alternate context. I think you will sense the difference:

  • You can sing a lot of songs in a variety of languages, yet you can't sing any these French songs. Is there any song that you can sing in French?

Hmmmm....difficult.......

So, you can't sing any of these French songs. I know this as a fact. But is there one that I haven't mentioned that you can sing in French?

Could you give me another example?

Apple

 

 

apple posted:

So, you can't sing any of these French songs. I know this as a fact. But is there one that I haven't mentioned that you can sing in French?

The question would be: "Can you think of any song that you can sing in French?"

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