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    Please need help on a few sentences

    Hi teachers,

    Could you help me with these sentences?

    Which one is better?
    a) Caroline is writing an e-mail to somebody. Who is it?
    b) Caroline is writing an e-mail to somebody. To whom?

    Are all of them correct? I think so. My question is on 'c'. Why do we use 'something' in this context?
    a) Is Robert going to buy everything in the store?
    b) Is Robert going to buy anything in the store?
    c) Is Robert going to buy something in the store?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by learning54; 02-Feb-2012 at 12:19.

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    Re: Please need help on a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,

    Could you help me with these sentences?

    Which one is better?
    a) Caroline is writing an e-mail to somebody. Who is it? "Who to?"
    b) Caroline is writing an e-mail to somebody. To whom?
    I'd suggest "Who to?" for a). b) is fine. Both are correct, a) is more likely.

    Are all of them correct? I think so. My question is on 'c'. Why do we use 'something' in this context? Why not?
    a) Is Robert going to buy everything in the store?
    b) Is Robert going to buy anything in the store?
    c) Is Robert going to buy something in the store?

    Thanks in advance
    Bhai.

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    Re: Please need help on a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Are all of them correct? I think so. My question is on 'c'. Why do we use 'something' in this context? Why not?
    OK. Then what is the difference in using 'anything' or 'something' in this possible yes/no question?
    a) Is Robert going to buy everything in the store?
    b) Is Robert going to buy anything in the store?
    c) Is Robert going to buy something in the store?

    I know this: One of the uses of any is in yes / no questions, but we can also use some in yes / no questions when we express a petition or an offer, though this is not the case for the above sentence.

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    Re: Please need help on a few sentences

    You may find this thread interesting: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/147764-another-some-any-question.html#post753651. What is said about 'some' and 'any' applies to 'something/anything'.

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    Re: Please need help on a few sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You may find this thread interesting: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/147764-another-some-any-question.html#post753651. What is said about 'some' and 'any' applies to 'something/anything'.
    Hi,
    Thank you so much for the thread.
    I think this is the one that fits best. What do you think?

    “Both some and any are used with indefinite reference.
    Some is used if the idea is restricted or limited in some way.
    Any is used if the idea is unrestricted or unlimited.
    Any applies to all or none; some applies to part.


    Best,
    L54

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