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    Some or Any ??

    Hi everybody,

    I have a grammar question, i don't know what is the right sentence :

    1/ Are there some apples in the kitchen?

    2/ Are there any apples in the kitchen?

    I think the first no?

    Please can someone answer my question
    Thanks

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    1 - Are there some apples in the kitchen? --Incorrect
    2 - Are there any apples in the kitchen? --Correct

    Always use "any" instead of "some" for questions.

    There are some apples in the kitchen--Correct

    There are not any apples in the kitchen--Correct

    There are not some apples in the kitchen--Incorrect

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    The sentence "there are not any apples in the kitchen" doesn't sound correct to me.

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    The sentence "there are not any apples in the kitchen" doesn't sound correct to me.
    If you think that it doesn't sound natural,yes, I'd prefer "there are no apples..."

    But if you are saying that this is grammatically incorrect, you should clarify me,
    'cos after having read what you had written, I checked the web and found this Lesson 38 - Countable vs Uncountable Nouns - Some any a few a little much many - Learn English Online - Free Beginners Course - Unit 8. And honestly I've been confused a little.

    I am not an english teacher and have never been to or lived in an English-speaking country, so it'd be silly for me to argue with a native-speaker about grammatical correctness of a sentence. So you should detail it why this was incorrect.

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Thanks for your reply. It may indeed be strictly correct, I would just advise against it as it doesn't sound natural, not normatively acceptable.

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Thank you so much for your replies

    I was really confused with ths question

    Thanks...

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Hi Milady
    Euncu is absolutely right
    You can also used instead..
    "Is there any apple in the kitchen"


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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    The sentence "there are not any apples in the kitchen" doesn't sound correct to me.

    It didnt sound right to me either but when I read it as 'there aren't any apples in the kitchen' it sounded familiar.


    Anybody else think?

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    Re: Some or Any ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Milady View Post
    Hi everybody,

    I have a grammar question, i don't know what is the right sentence :

    1/ Are there some apples in the kitchen?

    2/ Are there any apples in the kitchen?

    I think the first no?

    Please can someone answer my question
    Thanks
    (Not a teacher) Are there some apples in the kitchen? = I think (suspect) that there are; Are there any apples in the kitchen? = I really don't know and am asking you. For example, if you hear a noise in the next room, you would say, "Is there someone in there?" (You think there is.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    The sentence "there are not any apples in the kitchen" doesn't sound correct to me.
    I agree with you. To me, I think it sounds incorrect if you say "any apples" in this sentence...."any apples" seem to be a question, now you are telling something to someone, so you should say "some apples".... If you would like to make a question, you would say "Anything else?", You would never say "Something else?"....

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