“Any question” or “Any questions”

  1. WHEN someone finishes a speech and calls on the audience to ask questions,

Do they say, “Any question” or “Any questions”?

  1. When we come to a question like

“I saw you somewhere”

and the somewhere means the name of a road,

what preposition do we use?

Do we say,

“I saw you at King Street” or

“I saw you in King Street” or

“I saw you on King Street”?

  1. Do we use a plural or singular verb after “some”,

e.g. “Some of the boys are/is playing at the arcade”?

  1. Are “despite” and “in spite of” the same?

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Answer

  1. They should say, “Any questions?” “Any” is used in a question with a plural or uncountable noun.
  2. We would usually use “in” with “street” or “road” in British English. So, the sentence “I saw you in King Street.” is correct.
  3. “Some” is used before plural or uncountable nouns. When it comes before a plural noun, a plural verb is used as in your sentence: “Some of the boys are playing at the arcade.”

When it is used before an uncountable noun, a singular verb is used, e.g. in “Some anger helps to motivate us to succeed.” and “Some coffee is what I need to start the day.”

  1. “Despite” and “in spite of” mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably.
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