when to use some and any
some and any both mean the same thing: a certain number, a certain amount
| some |
|in affirmative sentences||There are some biscuits left.|
|in questions where the answer ‘yes’ is expected||Could I have some attention, please?|
|in offers and requests||Would you like some wine?|
| any |
|in negative sentences (+ NOT) || There isn’t any cheese left. |
|with ‘negative’ words such as hardly, barely, scarcely, never, etc.||There is hardly any cheese left. (= almost no)|
|in questions where the answer can be ‘yes’ or ‘no’||Have you got any money?|
- some and any are used before plural or uncountable nouns.
- the choice between someone / anyone, something / anything, somebody / anybody, somewhere / anywhere is the same as between some and any.
- an affirmative sentence does not contain not/n’t and is not a question.
some or any
something / anything, someone / anyone, somewhere / anywhere, etc.
- exercise 1: fill in something, anything, someone, anyone, somewhere, anywhere
- exercise 2: fill in anybody / somebody / nobody (not anyone / someone / anyone)
- exercise 3: choose any/some, someone/anyone, something/anything, somewhere/anywhere