Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 4,559
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Did you read any books last month?

    I learned "any" indicates "unlimited", while some does "limited". In this example, does "any" mean "a few" or "any unlimited number of"? The translation goes the former, which made me doubt it.

    gr83)Did you read any books last month?

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Did you read any books last month?

    Think about it, keannu. Are we more likely to ask if somebody read a few books or if they read an unspecified number of books?

  3. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 4,559
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Did you read any books last month?

    Then, what is the difference between 1 and 2?

    1.Did you read any books last month?
    2.Did you read some books last month?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Did you read any books last month?

    Possibly a greater expectancy that the answer will be positive and plural in 2.
    Last edited by Tdol; 28-Nov-2012 at 12:02.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] (the or without the) books I read yesterday
    By Snappy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Dec-2010, 12:09
  2. [General] I have books but I don't read them.
    By It's me in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 21-Nov-2009, 19:00
  3. Books to read
    By pepe00 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 02-Oct-2009, 17:30
  4. how to read english books
    By carol_w in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-May-2009, 19:40

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •