I know I can say "if you have any questions, ...". I wonder if "any" can be omitted here.

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    Yes, it can be omitted. – Dan Bron Jul 1 '15 at 17:52
  • Sherlock goes as far as 'You have questions ...' – Edwin Ashworth Jul 1 '15 at 18:11
  • @EdwinAshworth Can't tell if that comment is tongue-in-cheek, but in Sherlock's case, it's an assertion. An utterly, smugly, confident one. – Dan Bron Jul 1 '15 at 18:13
  • Utterly, smugly confident? Sherlock? (This time, with question marks – though they should probably have scare quotes.) – Edwin Ashworth Jul 1 '15 at 18:22

Yes. 'Any' can be omitted without loss of semantic intention.

This is because any is sometimes used as an 'emphasizing adverb', and in this context, it's most likely an adverbial emphasizer.


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