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    Have you got some/any paper-clips in that box?

    Some is naromally used in questions when we expect (or hope to get) the answer "yes".

    e.g Have you got some paper-clips in that box?

    Any is normally used in questions when we are not sure about the answer or expect 'No'.

    e.g Have you got any paper-clips in that box?

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    If we just want to borrow some paper-clips from someone else without considering the answer "Yes" or "No", which of the above questions is more commonly used by native speakers?

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    Re: Have you got some/any paper-clips in that box?

    The combination of "Have you got" and "in that box" is a little clunky. I would expect either "Have you got any paper clips?" or "Are there any paper clips in that box?" Your original isn't wrong but it just seems unnecessary. If the box belongs to that person, then simply asking them if they've got any should make them consider the contents of the box when they answer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Have you got some/any paper-clips in that box?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The combination of "Have you got" and "in that box" is a little clunky. I would expect either "Have you got any paper clips?" or "Are there any paper clips in that box?" Your original isn't wrong but it just seems unnecessary. If the box belongs to that person, then simply asking them if they've got any should make them consider the contents of the box when they answer.
    Thanks ems.

    The sentence for "Have you got any paper-clips in that box?" should be ""Have you got any paper-clips in the box?" Sorry for my typo.

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    Re: Have you got some/any paper-clips in that box?

    Changing "that" to "the" doesn't change my response.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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