Hi everyone, Could anyone please tell me what is the role of any in this sentence and can I leave out any in the sentence?

I love to read books. I have books of many writers. I have a book named 'Gitanjali' written by Rabindranath Tagore and a book named 'Hamlet' written by William Shakespeare and many more books. I don't need (any) more books.


I think I can leave out any in the above sentence.

Here is another example:


Me: Hey dad, I know you are going for a hike. I have given five packets of biscuits in your bag. Do you need (any) more packets of biscuits? Dad: No no that's enough. I don't need (any) more packets of biscuits.


I think I can also leave out any in both the above sentences.


And one more question, what does it mean when we uses any before comparative degrees. Is it necessary to use any before comparative degrees can I leave it out? I often don't use anybefore comparative degrees.

Here is the example:

John: Yesterday, we lost the match to Manchester United. Our strikers were out of form. Could it have been any better if the coach had substituted them? What do you think Subha? Me: No, I don't think it could be any beter because all the players were out of form.

I want your opinions.
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I love to read books. I have books by many authors, such as 'Gitanjali' by Rabindranath Tagore, and 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare and many more. I really don't need any more books.

Me: Hey dad, I know you are going for a hike, so I've put five packets of biscuits in your bag. Do you need any more?
Dad: No, thanks, that's enough.

John: Yesterday, we lost the match against Manchester United. Our strikers were out of form. Could it have been any better if the coach had substituted them? What do you think?
Me: No, because I think all the players were out of form!

You're using redundant words+++
Hi, Subhajit,

Bazza has given you some good suggestions for revision. You shouldn't use phrases like "books of many writers" (you need to use "by," not "of"), and "written" is not needed before "by." Notice, too, Bazza's changes to your punctuation.

As for the role of "any" in your examples, in each case it serves to emphasize zero, if you will. "I don't need more books" is less emphatic than "I don't need any more books," which means that you need no more books -- not even one more.

When "any" is used before comparative degrees, it performs essentially the same function. The difference between "I don't think it could be better" and "I don't think it could be any better" is that the latter stresses that you think it could be no better than it is.

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