Some and any: 5 important uses with great examples

How to use some and any

Some and any

Many learners of English confuse the use of some with any. In this article, you’ll learn the difference between some and any through some and any examples and rules.

some and any

Some

Some is a quantifier. We use it to suggest an indefinite quantity but not a large amount.

  • We use some before plural countable nouns in affirmative sentences

  1. I have read some books recently.
  2. There are some eggs in the fridge.
  3. Some friends called me last night.
  4. Some people disagree with the use of social media by kids.
  • We use some before uncountable nouns

  1. I need some money.
  2. There is some milk in the fridge.
  3. I would like some juice.
  4. Let’s go to the mountains. I need to get some fresh air.

Some + plural nouns or uncountable nouns

  • We use some in questions to make offers and requests

  1. Would you like some juice? (offer)
  2. Would you like some bananas? (offer)
  3. Could I have some bread, please? (request)
  4. Could I have some mineral water, please? (request)

Some is used with plural nouns or uncountable nouns in questions to make offers and requests

Any

Any is a determiner that we use with plural nouns and uncountable nouns in negative sentences and questions.

  • We use any before plural nouns in negative sentences and questions

  1. “Do you have any questions?” he asked. (question)
  2. No, I don’t have any questions. (negative sentence)
  3. There aren’t any people in this room. (negative sentence)
  4. Are there any eggs in the fridge? (question)
  5. There aren’t any eggs left. (negative sentence)
  • We use any before uncountable nouns in negative sentences and questions

  1. Is there any meat in the fridge? (question)
  2. No, there isn’t any meat left. (negative sentence)
  3. There isn’t any milk. (negative sentence)
  4. I don’t have any money left. I need to go to the bank. (negative sentence)
  5. Do you need any chocolate to make that cake? (question)

Some any exercises

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