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if he has any

Post by azz » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:57 am

Can one say
a. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has any.
b. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has some.
c. I'm sure he will willingly share his interesting ideas if he has them.

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Re: if he has any

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:57 pm

None of those are incorrect (though 'c' sounds a little peculiar), but they all sound dismissive and patronising because they suggest that it's very unlikely that the person mentioned has any interesting ideas.

Unless that's what you were intentionally going for, it would be better to say:

"I'm sure he'll willingly share any interesting ideas he has".
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Re: if he has any

Post by Phil White » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:44 pm

As Erik says, they are all okay.

The most neutral and usual is "if he has any". I don't think this is as dismissive as the other two.

"If he has them" actually seems to question whether the person concerned has any ideas at all, let alone interesting ones.
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