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Yolandaprieto
Spain

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Can I say in English"Do you have any apples at all?" It doesn īt sound good to me but I think I īve just heard it to an English speaking girl. I am in a school near Cambridge at the moment with a group of students and I always have doubts about things that doesn īt sound good to me but I am sure people use those words or expressions.
Thanks in advance
My best wishes from rainy England

11 Jul 2012      



MoodyMoody
United States

That question would normally be asked in the negative, "Don īt you have any apples at all?" It implies that you expected the other person to have apples and that you are surprised and disappointed that he or she doesn īt.

11 Jul 2012     



douglas
United States

Moody is right, but you can also ask it as the English girl did (it is usually used with a large amount of sarcasm and/or frustration/despiration) example:
 
G: Do you have any Granny Smith Apples?
SK: No, we are out of them.
G: Oh, do you have any green apples of any kind?
SK: No, the are all sold out.
G: Do you have any Goldeb Delicious apples?
SK: Sorry, those are sold out too.
G: Do you have red apples?
SK: No.
G: (very frustrated) Well! Do you have any apples at all?

11 Jul 2012     



Jayho
Australia

Agree with all of above.

If you have Swan īs Practical English Usage you īll find an explanation on page 76 (section 83.2).
 
Cheers
 
Jayho

11 Jul 2012