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?

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