Why is the sentence, "any progress can't be made", ill-formed? Please explain from a syntactic (rather than semantic) point of view. I understand that the sentence can be accurately paraphrased into, "no progress can be made". I am also aware that any is a polarity item that generally occurs after negative or interrogative expressions. What I am concerned with is the deep structure or syntactic analysis that illustrate the ungrammaticality of the relevant sentence.