One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘is there any ginger cake left?’
some, a piece of, a part of, a bit of
2‘it doesn't make any difference’
the slightest bit of, the smallest amount of, a scrap of, a shred of, a particle of, an atom of, an iota of, a jot of, a whit of
3‘any job will do, to begin with’
whichever, whichever comes to hand, no matter which, never mind which
informal any old
1‘you don't know any of my friends’
a single one, one, even one
2‘they ceased payments to any but the aged’
1‘is your father any better?’
at all, in the least, to any extent, to some extent, somewhat, in any degree, to some degree
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