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My GMAT book (GMAT Ultimate Grammar) says it is incorrect in an exercise where we fill in the blank of a sentence based on choices of possible determiners of quantity. It says you cannot use hardly any to complete Joan drank ____ sodas. However, at Walden University's website it says hardly any can work with plural count nouns and non-count nouns.

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    Welcome to EL&U. Please provide the full context: which book? What is the topic of the lesson? Is this an exercise or an example from text? I agree that there are no obvious problems, but there may be situations where this phrasing would not be desired. I strongly encourage you to take the site tour and review the help center for further guidance. – choster Sep 14 '17 at 20:56
  • Not all Phds who write this stuff agree. Technically, Joan probably drank hardly any soda [because with an s that would mean 2 or 3 rather than 10 or 12]. That said, she may have eaten hardly any peas. In other words, size may matter. – Lambie Sep 14 '17 at 21:25
  • Hardly any sodas does sound odd to me, but I don't know what the precise grammatical rule about that would be. Maybe if the noun can be non-countable or countable, the non-countable is preferred? – Kevin Sep 14 '17 at 21:25
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    Regardless, good luck. Tests like that are more about reading the writers' minds and knowing obscure vocabulary and arcane, pedantic (and not always objectively correct) "rules" than anything useful. – Kevin Sep 14 '17 at 21:30
  • @Kevin - If at a party you sent me to check on the beverage situation and I checked the cooler and reported, “There are hardly any sodas left.” How would that sound to you? – Jim Sep 15 '17 at 5:28

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