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  1. Ingrid M.
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    Question Some used in interrogative negative senteces

    Okkk, we all know that "some" is usually used in affirmative senteces and "any" in negative or interrogative sentences.

    "Why don't you buy some books?"


    That's a negative + interrogative sentence. HOWEVER, we didn't use "any". I know that "any" in this sentence would totally change the meaning of it, but how can I explain to a student that grammatically this is correct??? Why shouldn't we use "any" instead of "some"?


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    Re: Some used in interrogative negative senteces

    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrid M. View Post
    Okkk, we all know that "some" is usually used in affirmative senteces and "any" in negative or interrogative sentences.

    "Why don't you buy some books?"


    That's a negative + interrogative sentence. HOWEVER, we didn't use "any". I know that "any" in this sentence would totally change the meaning of it, but how can I explain to a student that grammatically this is correct??? Why shouldn't we use "any" instead of "some"?
    In this use, "some" means "a few." We can always ask, "Why not a few?" And the question here is more of a suggestion, a rhetorical question: "Why not buy a few books?"

    To use "any," the question would have to be "Why didn't you buy any books?" This is a legitimate asking for information, and the word "any" suggests "even one."

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