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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    For purposes of choosing between 'some' and 'any', note that conditional sentences (denoting hypothetical situations) are treated essentially as interrogatives. Thus

    If you have any problems, I'll help you.......is correct, while (But, 'If you have some problems' can also be correct.)

    *I had any problems, but you didn't help me........is not!
    I don't see any justification for considering conditional sentences as interrogatives.

    In your first example, a conditional construction probably representing an offer, 'any' is unrestricted.

    In your second example, there were a number of problems, so the restricted 'some' is appropriate.

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    I don't see any justification for considering conditional sentences as interrogatives.

    In your first example, a conditional construction probably representing an offer, 'any' is unrestricted.

    In your second example, there were a number of problems, so the restricted 'some' is appropriate.
    Allow me to elucidate: conditional subordinate clauses are similar to interrogative main clauses, and correspondingly dissimilar to affirmative main clauses, with respect to their ability to combine with indefinite pronouns and adjectives in the manner demonstrated, as the cited examples prove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Allow me to elucidate: conditional subordinate clauses are similar to interrogative main clauses, and correspondingly dissimilar to affirmative main clauses, with respect to their ability to combine with indefinite pronouns and adjectives in the manner demonstrated, as the cited examples prove.
    That's just a little different from saying, as you did, "For purposes of choosing between 'some' and 'any', note that conditional sentences (denoting hypothetical situations) are treated essentially as interrogatives."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That's just a little different from saying, as you did, "For purposes of choosing between 'some' and 'any', note that conditional sentences (denoting hypothetical situations) are treated essentially as interrogatives."
    In context, I would say essentially the same.

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