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    some/any

    A: I want fish for dinner. Do you have ___ fish?
    B: Yes, I do.
    (A) many (B) any (C) some (D) no
    The answer is option B. Do you agree?
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    Re: some/any

    Yes, 'any' is used in questions.

    I have some fish.
    Do you have any fish?

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    Re: some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    D is a possibility, but not for this question, only in normal speech.
    What does the red sentence mean?
    Last edited by sitifan; 15-May-2010 at 03:49.

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    Re: some/any

    Hi, sitifan,

    I wondered what it meant the first time you posted it. It's certainly not very clear.


    My guess would be that he means it's not a suitable answer for a test in an academic setting, but that it might be acceptable in casual speech. I don't think it's a good answer, or a valid answer.


    I wish I could be of more help.


    - A.

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    Re: some/any

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Hi, sitifan,

    I wondered what it meant the first time you posted it. It's certainly not very clear.


    My guess would be that he means it's not a suitable answer for a test in an academic setting, but that it might be acceptable in casual speech. I don't think it's a good answer, or a valid answer.


    I wish I could be of more help.


    - A.
    "Do you have no fish?" hmmm, initially I thought this could never work, but I have to agree that in casual, informal speech a version of it might well be used.

    A rather long-winded example:

    A man goes into a fish shop and asks "Do you have any fish?" The owner replies "No, I'm sorry I don't have any fish today." The man leaves but a couple of seconds later realises that it's very strange for a fish shop not to have any fish. He goes back into the shop, looking somewhat surprised and says "Really? Do you have no fish (at all)?"

    There would be an emphasis on the word "no" in the way he said the question, as if he couldn't really believe that it could be true.

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    Re: some/any

    In my opinion, Mr. Gillnetter did not express himself well. His use of the expression "normal speech" is strange. This is what he meant to write:



    D is a possibility. But in saying that it is a possibility, I don't mean to imply that it is a correct choice as an answer to your multiple-choice question. Within the context of that test item it is not a possibility. What I mean is that D is grammatical and may be said in some other conversational situation where it is appropriate.
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    In other words, Mr. Gilnetter wrote something that was ambiguous, and instead of revising it so that it was no longer ambiguous, he added more words in a clumsy attempt to disambiguate what he had already written.


    I would like to know what context Mr. Gillnetter believes is appropriate for "Do you have no fish?" because I believe it might be very entertaining to hear it.


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    Re: some/any

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    You can use some in sentences where you expect a positive answer.
    Would you take some fish, please?

    Cheers!

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