Usage of "any"

Hi there, can I use any with singular nouns In sentences like the following?

  • I don't have any pen.


I know you'd say it sounds more natural to say "I don't have any pens." but I have read many books written by both native and non native speakers that says any can be followed by both singular and plural nouns. I know In the above sentence plural is more natural though I see many sentences on the internet and news portal where any is used with singular nouns in the sentence like the above. 

So my question is using any with singular nouns in sentences like the above would be grammatical if not natural to a native's ears?

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subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, can I use any with singular nouns In sentences like the following?

  • I don't have any pen.


I know you'd say it sounds more natural to say "I don't have any pens." but I have read many books written by both native and non native speakers that says any can be followed by both singular and plural nouns.

Hi, Subhajit,

I can't imagine any native speaker using that sentence without a modifier following "pen." (Incidentally, did you notice that the sentence I just finished writing contains "any" with a singular count noun? ) You could say:

  • I don't have any pen that matches that description.

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